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March 5, 2012
Submissions for 2012 Toronto Book Awards accepted until March 30
The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is accepting submissions for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is March 30. The Toronto Book Awards theme - “Get a new read on Toronto” - gives the community an opportunity to discover Toronto’s diversity through the eyes of authors.

The Toronto Book Awards were established by Toronto City Council in 1974 to honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that evoke the city. To be eligible this year, books must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2011.

Fiction and non-fiction books that are evocative of Toronto, published in English for adults and/or children, are eligible. There are no separate categories. Novels, short story collections, books of poetry, biographies and histories, social studies, books about sports, children's books, and photographic collections are all judged together. Reprints, textbooks and manuscripts are not eligible.

Publishers must submit six copies of the book they consider eligible, along with their name, address, phone number, fax number and email address to the Toronto Book Awards Committee at the address below no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012. There are no entry forms to complete. Address: Toronto Book Awards Committee, c/o Toronto Protocol, City Clerk’s Office, 2nd floor, West Tower, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

A five-member volunteer jury committee will select the finalists and the winner, announcing the selections in the fall. The Toronto Book Awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the winning author will receive the remaining prize money. More information about the Toronto Book Awards is available at

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow over 33 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Bev Kurmey
Protocol Officer, City Clerk’s Office

Tina Srebotnjak
Manager, Program Development, Toronto Public Library



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