Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
1 May 2013
Eligible manuscripts and books published in English between 1 May 2010 and 30 April 2013 must reach the Canada Council for the Arts no later than the deadline date.
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Late submissions, incomplete submissions and registration forms submitted by fax or email will not be accepted.
Please refer to the Award Guidelines for detailed information.
Description of the Award
The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature is a literary award and readership initiative established by CODE with the generous support of Canadian philanthropist William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation. The Burt Award is given annually to English-language literary works for Young Adults, written or translated into English by First Nations, Métis or Inuit authors.
Three prizes will be awarded to the writer and translator (if applicable) of the winning book: a First Prize of $12,000; a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000.
Eligibility of Publishers
Only eligible book publishers operating in Canada can submit titles for consideration. Publishers must:
- publish books based on an editorial selection process
- have at least four titles in print and be committed to a sustained trade book publishing program, consisting of titles by a variety of authors
- pay royalties or financially compensate the author and translator (if applicable) for any submitted title
- use appropriate and effective means to market, distribute and create public awareness of their titles
- meet basic professional standards of publishing.
The publisher may publish a maximum of 25 percent each year of publications written by owners, family or employees of the publishing house.
Eligibility of Authors and Translators
Authors and translators must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when they are nominated.
Authors and translators must be First Nations, Métis or Inuit people.
Writing and Publishing Section
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5482