CODE's Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature

NOW RECEIVING SUBMISSIONS

Deadline: March 31, 2018

CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature is a Canadian literary award and readership initiative that recognizes excellence in Indigenous-authored literature for young adults (ages 12-18). In collaboration with the Literary Prizes Foundation, CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature is given annually to English-language literary works for young adults (ages 12-18) by First Nations, Inuit, or Métis authors.  

The winning title receives $12,000, and each of the two honour books receives $2,000.00. Publishers of winning titles are awarded a guaranteed purchase of a minimum of 2,500 copies. The books will be distributed for free to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth in schools, libraries, friendship centres, and community centers across Canada.

Eligible manuscripts and books published between February 15, 2017 and March 29, 2018 must be received by the National Reading Campaign no later than March 31, 2018.

This year the National Reading Campaign will take on the adjudication of the award. The National Reading Campaign is a non-profit social mission organization dedicated to making Canada a nation of life-long readers. We know that reading works to engage the imagination and stimulates critical thinking, empathy, and the ability to assess the world in relation to the self. The NRC is committed to addressing the diverse and complex education challenges faced by indigenous communities by bringing together indigenous leaders in the field of education to explore approaches and create an effective plan to promote access to literacy, and to create a much-needed common agenda to champion reading and reading policies. CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature aligns perfectly with this mission.

Download 2018 Eligibility and Assessment Criteria 

Download the 2018 Publisher’s Nomination Form 2018

For more information, contact, Lynn O’Rourke, Program Manager, Literary Awards & Publishing at 613-232-3569 x 244 or by email at LORourke@code.ngo

OR Sandy Crawley, Executive Director, National Reading Campaign at 416-949-9947 or by email at info@nationalreadingcampaign.ca