• Writer must be Canadian (permanent resident or citizen) OR the submission must have significant Canadian content.

  • Writer must be Jewish OR the submission must have significant Jewish content.

  • Submission must have been released to the public in the previous calendar year (2022). Works released in 2021 may be submitted.

  • Submissions must be easily available/accessible to the public – i.e. be available for purchase or download in retail or e-commerce outlets.

  • Previously submitted work and reissues are not eligible.*

  • Posthumous submissions will not be accepted – all artists/authors must be alive at the time of submissions.

  • All submissions must be in English or French language to be eligible, either originally or in translation (in the case of translation, all other eligibility criteria apply to original author and not translator).

  • Edited volumes will not be eligible.

  • All books must carry an ISBN number.

  • No self-published books shall be eligible (that is, titles authored by any senior officer of the book’s publishing firm and/or books underwritten in part or in whole by the author).

    Please download the entry form here

Entry Guidelines

1) Four (4) hard copies of each submission must be mailed or couriered to:

PenguinPickUp Liberty Village
ATTN: Alicia Baum XUJA - NAQ8
171 East Liberty St, Unit 137
Toronto ON, M6K 3P6

EMAIL THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL TO  jmurray@kofflerarts.org

2) Completed entry form (DOWNLOAD HERE).

3) A current author biography.

4) A high-resolution jpeg of the author.

5) A high-resolution jpeg of the book cover.

6) $50 entry fee per title submitted (VISA, MasterCard, cash and cheques are accepted. Cheques can be made out to the Koffler Centre of the Arts and mailed to: 180 Shaw Street, Unit 104-105, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5) *Please note for books being sent from outside of Canada that the Koffler is not responsible for the cost of shipping, customs or duty. Should a package arrive with customs or duty owing, it will be declined and returned to sender. Please ensure that all fees are pre-paid upon sending.

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Books will be considered in one category only – please consider carefully the category in which your submission belongs. Final categorization will be determined by the jury.

Categories and Prizes

A prize of $10,000 will be awarded to authors in the following categories:
Fiction: A novel, short-story collection, short story, or graphic novel of exemplary literary merit that is fictional.
History: A non-fiction work about a historical experience.
Non-Fiction: Biography, memoir, autobiography, graphic novel, short story, collection of short stories, or other prose writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people.
Poetry: A collection or single piece of writing composed in verse.*
Young Adult/Children's Literature: Poetry or prose composed for readers under 16.

* Poetry is awarded every three years. Poetry from 2019-2022 can be submitted.

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