Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.
Please refer to the complete Award Guidelines [PDF, 238.5 KB].
The Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis 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 by First Nations, Inuit or Métis authors.
31 March, 2016
Eligible manuscripts and books published in English between 15 February 2015 and 31 March 2016 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.
Up to three prizes will be awarded to the writer, translator and graphic novel illustrator (if applicable) of the winning books:
- First Prize of $12,000
- Second Prize of $8,000
- Third Prize of $5,000
The publishers of each winning title will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of a minimum of 2,500 copies of each winning book, purchased at a bulk discount. The copies purchased by the program will be distributed to various schools, libraries, communities and Friendship Centres that serve First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada.
By nomination only
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 writers
- pay royalties or financially compensate the writer, translator and illustrator (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% each year of publications written by owners, family or employees of the publishing house.
Eligibility of Writers, Translators and Graphic Novel Illustrators
Writers, translators and graphic novel illustrators must be First Nation, Inuk or Métis. They 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.
Aboriginal Arts Office
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4178