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Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature

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The award addresses an ongoing shortage of relevant, quality books for young people, while at the same time promoting a love of reading and learning at the middle and secondary school levels.

What is this prize?

The Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature is an English-language literature competition organized to recognize excellence in literature and promote a love of reading in young adults.

The annual award recognizes English-language works for young adults written or translated into English by First Nations, Inuit or Métis authors.

Prize amount

Up to three prizes will be awarded to the writer, translator and graphic novel illustrator (if applicable) of the winning books:

  • One winning book: $12,000
  • Two honour books: $2,000 (each)

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.

How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a professional book publisher.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipient from among all nominations received.

For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on this award, see the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

This award was created by CODE, an organization that supports literacy in Canada, in collaboration with William ("Bill") Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation.

Further Information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer

E-mail: sarah.brown@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 6004

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 6004

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

March, 2017


Prize Amount

$2,000 -

By Nomination

Cumulative list of winners

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