Non-Fiction prize rises to $40,000; submissions sought

    VANCOUVER, June 22 /CNW/ - One of the largest prizes in Canadian writing
has just grown even larger. The value of the British Columbia Award for
Canadian Non-Fiction has been increased by more than half - to $40,000 from
$25,000 - making it the richest literary non-fiction prize in Canada.
    "The award's higher value reflects the growing prestige of this national
award program and of the calibre of non-fiction produced by outstanding
writers and publishers today across the country," said Premier Gordon
Campbell, who is on the board of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation,
which presents the prize.
    The annual award, which recognizes Canada's finest writers of literary
non-fiction, has also changed its schedule. Submissions for the fourth award
are due by Aug. 31, 2007. The shortlist will be announced in November 2007,
and the final award presentation ceremony will take place in early 2008.
    Previous winners of the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
include Noah Richler for This Is My Country, What's Yours? (2007), Rebecca
Godfrey for Under the Bridge (2006), and Patrick Lane for There Is a Season
    Publishers are invited to nominate authors for the fourth annual British
Columbia prize by submitting non-fiction titles of outstanding literary merit
by Aug. 31, 2007. Eligible books will be published between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31,
2007. Those not published by Aug. 31 can be submitted as bound page proofs. An
independent jury panel will select a shortlist of up to four books, one of
which will receive the award in early 2008.

    The British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction is presented by the
British Columbia Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established
and endowed by the Province of British Columbia to celebrate excellence in the
arts, humanities and community service.
    For more information on the British Columbia Award for Canadian
Non-Fiction and on submission guidelines, please visit

    For more information on government services or to subscribe to the
Province's news feeds using RSS, visit the Province's website at

For further information:

For further information: Nora Newlands, Executive Director, British
Columbia Achievement Foundation,, (604) 261-9777

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