Recognizing excellence in Canadian independent publishing

Prizes for self-published fiction, non-fiction, crime fiction and poetry.


The winners were announced at the Whistler Writers Festival, 13-16 October. Submissions for the 2017 awards will open early 2017.


Fiction: Byrna Barclay (Saskatchewan) for House of the White Elephant

Non-fiction: Miji Campbell (Alberta) for Separation Anxiety: A Coming of Middle Age Story

Crime fiction: Gerry Fostaty (Ontario) for Stage Business

Poetry: Gail Sidonie Sobat (Alberta) for How the Light Is Spent

Fiction finalists

Kath Curran (British Columbia) – Before It Was Easy
Shawn Gale (British Columbia) – The Stories That Make Us

Non-fiction finalists

Oriole A. Vane Veldhuis (Manitoba) – For Elise: Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead
Maggie Ziegler (British Columbia) – The Road to Keringet

Crime fiction finalists

D.F. Bailey (British Columbia) – Bone Maker
R.E. Donald (British Columbia ) – Sundown on Top of the World

Poetry finalists

Gloria Barkley (British Columbia) – Water Window Mirror
Alan Woodland (British Columbia) – Out of the Mist

Winners Announcement

Read the full press announcement for the winners of the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards.


View the full list of nominees in each category here.


To recognize the merit of several quality submissions, the committee has elected to award Honourable Mentions to self-published books of quality in all categories.
View the full list here.


Established in 2016 to recognize excellence in Canadian independent publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards are offering prizes in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, crime fiction and poetry. There will be a single winner in each category, with two additional finalists.


whistlerwriters-logThe Whistler Writing Society was founded in 2001 and became a non-profit organization in 2005. Our group includes over 150 members living in the Sea to Sky corridor. From its inception, the group has promoted the literary arts, provided a forum for local writers to develop their craft within the community, and sponsored events such as the Whistler Writers Festival, the Whistler Writer in Residence Program and the Author in Schools Program.

vl-logo-large-rgb Vivalogue Publishing was established in 2010 with branches in Canada and the United Kingdom. They have provided author services, including editing, design and production, to self-publishing authors. Vivalogue also provides publishing services for non-profits and groups to create fund- and awareness-raising books.

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