Whistler Manuscript Competition

WIBA Manuscript Competition

Developing excellence in Canadian independent publishing.
Prize for the best fiction or non-fiction manuscript: the book published and launched at the Whistler Writers Festival.

Entries are now closed for the 2017 Whistler Independent Book Prize.

The shortlist was announced on March 15, 2017. Finalist judges Byrna Barclay and Miji Campbell, winners of the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Award for fiction and non-fiction, determined the winner, which was announced on April 22, 2017.

And the winner is …

  • Louis Druehl, The Kawai Scrolls (fiction)

Both judges commended the manuscripts by the two runners-up:

  • Amber Cowie, Rapid Falls (fiction)
  • Paul Suter, Formerly Known as Paul (non-fiction)

Two excellent submissions deserve recognition and so the Tidewater Evaluation Committee has decided to award Honourable Mentions to:

Jolyon Hallows, A Parkinson’s Life: And a Caregiver’s Roadmap (non-fiction)
John Hurst, The Armature Winder’s Daughter (non-fiction)

The winner will receive professional publishing services, including editing, cover design, interior design and layout. The winning author will publish their book under their own imprint (full assistance provided as needed) and will receive 100 copies of their book. The winning book will receive marketing support and will be officially launched at the Whistler Writers Festival, October 11-15, 2017.

The Whistler Independent Book Prize has been launched to encourage and provide independent authors with professional publishing support. Continuing the inclusive and supportive ethos of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, each entry will receive a valuable and constructive written evaluation from the selection committee.

  1. Authors must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  2. The manuscript must be an original, unpublished work
  3. Fiction and literary non-fiction manuscripts are eligible

See FAQs for additional information.

The winner will receive:

  • Complete editorial services including professional editing, cover design, interior design and layout, proofreading
  • Publishing support for the self-publication of the winning manuscript
  • 100 printed copies of the completed book
  • Book launch at the 2017 Whistler Writers Festival
  • Pre- and post-book launch marketing support
  • Reviews for promotional and marketing purposes from the judges
  • The opportunity to sell their book through Armchair Books in Whistler until January 15, 2018 (Sales will be on a consignment basis; Armchair Books will retain an industry-standard 40% of the purchase price)


  • All manuscript excerpts (max 5,000 words) and synopses (max 500 words) must be submitted in Word doc format by February 28, 2017.
  • All submissions will be evaluated by a member of the shortlisting committee
  • Authors of unsuccessful entries will receive a written evaluation from the selection committee
  • Shortlisted authors will be notified by March 15, 2017. All shortlisted authors must submit their manuscript in full no later than March 22, 2017. If the complete manuscript has not been received by this date, the author will be disqualified from the shortlist.

Final selection

  • The complete manuscripts of the shortlisted entries will be submitted to the finalist judges
  • The finalist judges will provide a written review of each manuscript and will select the winner
  • The Winner will be announced on April 22, 2017
$100 plus GST per fiction and non-fiction entry (Paypal or cheque made payable to Vivalogue Publishing).
All entries will receive an evaluation from a member of the selection committee.
Byrna Barclay is an award-winning author of novels, short story collections and a playscript. The House of the White Elephant, loosely based on her paternal ancestry, is her tenth publication and was the Fiction Winner of the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. Byrna has served as president of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and was editor of Freelance, the Guild’s newsletter, and fiction editor of Grain, its literary journal, and has been vice-chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In 2005, she was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

Miji Campbell is a writer and teacher. She has received two National Magazine Award nominations and a literary arts grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Born and raised in Calgary, she now lives in Red Deer. Her book, Separation Anxiety: A Coming of Middle Age Story, was the Non-fiction Winner of the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards.

What qualifies as non-fiction?

The Non-Fiction category is intended to recognize literary treatment of factual material. Creative non-fiction that uses imagined dialogue or description to enhance a true story is eligible. Manuals and catalogues intended to provide factual information only are not eligible as the judges would have no basis to assess the literary merit of the submission. If you require further clarification, contact us.

Is my manuscript eligible if part of the content as been previously published?

Yes, as long as the published version is not more than 10 percent of the submitted manuscript. For example, the manuscript of a novel that is based on a previously published short story; or a non-fiction submission that is based on a published article.

Will I have to submit my completed manuscript?

Yes, if you are selected as a finalist. All finalists will be notified and must submit their completed manuscript by 15 April 2017.

Who will be the publisher of my book if I win?

You will be your own publisher. While you will receive professional publishing services as part of your prize, the book will be published under your own imprint. If you have self-published before, you will be familiar with the process; if not, you will receive all the assistance you need to set yourself up as your own publisher.


whistlerwriters-logThe Whistler Writing Society was founded in 2001 and became a non-profit organization in 2005. The group includes over 150 members living in the Sea to Sky corridor. From its inception, the group has promoted the literary arts, provided a forum for local writers to develop their craft within the community, and sponsored events such as the Whistler Writers Festival, the Whistler Writer in Residence Program and the Author in Schools Program.

vl-logo-large-rgb Vivalogue Publishing was established in 2010 with branches in Canada and the United Kingdom. They have provided author services, including editing, design and production, to self-publishing authors. Vivalogue also provides publishing services for non-profits and groups to create fund- and awareness-raising books.

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