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Self-publishing awards coming to Toronto book fair

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This November, the INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair will be introducing a new book award aimed squarely at self-publishers - “The Creation of Stories: Canada’s Self-Publishing Awards”.

Hosted at the exhibition for print and digital books and sponsored by Blurb, an indie-publishing platform, the award is open to all Canadians who have produced a book between July 1, 2013, and September 1, 2014, using any self-publishing platform.

Entrants can submit to 1 of 3 categories:

  • books for an adult audience (age 19 plus)
  • young adult (age 12-18)
  • children (newborn to 11)

The winners of each category will win $3000

Winners will also receive up to 100 printed copies of their book, professional marketing consultation, a full Blurb marketing campaign, and a trip to the INSPIRE! offices in Toronto. All winning entries will be available for sale at INSPIRE!.

There is also a People’s Choice award. Starting this October, the general public will be given the opportunity to vote on nominated titles for this prestigious, $1000 cash award.

To download the rules & regulations, visit the contest page, then be prepared with the following:

  • Your personal contact details
  • book category (adult audience / young adult audience / children)
  • a short description of the Work’s purpose
  • all creative contributors, all copyright owner details
  • A PDF file of your book to upload
  • A Cover Image to upload
  • The Entry fee of $20 CAD per entry

The Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Nov. 14 to 16. With over 200 exhibitors, a number of workshops, authors and publishers of everything from Literary to Romance, from Science Fiction to Mystery, from Children’s Books to Cookbooks; readings, discussions, interviews, Q&A’s, and much more, there is something for book lovers of all stripes.

Book Fair Hours:
Friday, November 14 - 10 am to 8 pm
Saturday, November 15 - 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday, November 16 - 10 am to 6 pm

Admission to the show is valid any day* and includes re-admission throughout the Fair.

Children under 12 get in FREE!

Adult Admission - $15.00 + HST
Senior Admission (+65) - $10.00 + HST
Youth Admission (Ages 13-17) - $10.00 + HST
Group Rate (20 or more) - $10.00 + HST
School Group Rate (20 or more) - $5.00 + HST per student
Child (12 and under) - FREE(must be accompanied by a paying adult)