Frequently Asked Questions

I submitted my application. When will I hear back?
Please allow up to 4 weeks to process your application.


Do you accept ebooks or digital formats?
At this time, ebooks or other digital formats are not accepted.


What genres are accepted?
All genres are accepted.


I’m a teen or a young child. Can I submit my work?
Absolutely! Any book meeting the criteria is eligible.


I’m the illustrator, not the author. Can I still apply?
Yes. You may submit titles for books your artwork is featured in.


Can I submit on behalf of someone else?
You can submit an application only if you hold the legal rights to the work.


I wrote a local history book, but I’m not a resident. Can I still apply?
No. At the moment, we are only accepting books from authors residing in the District of West Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver. Please contact your local library if you wish to submit material for consideration.


What does “professionally printed” mean?
Your work must be professionally printed and bound so that it is able to withstand the rigours of circulation. Participating libraries are not responsible for damaged materials; if a book is damaged in circulation, participating libraries will not replace material but the author may choose to submit a replacement copy at no cost.


Will you also consider my older books?
Any books published between 2010 and 2019 will be considered.


What if my book isn’t selected?
Your book will not get selected only if it does not fall under our eligibility criteria. You are invited to apply in the future with new material.


What happens to my book(s) after the year is complete?
After the year is complete and at the discretion of the participating libraries, the book(s) may be moved to the library’s regular collection. It will not be returned to the author.


I grew up in the eligible area but do not live their currently. Can I apply?
Yes. If you lived in the eligible area at the time of publication, you are encouraged to apply.


If I live in Lions Bay or on Bowen Island, am I eligible?
No. At the moment, we are only accepting books from authors residing in the District of West Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver.


I work in the eligible area. Does this mean I can apply?
No, we are only accepting books from authors who reside in the District of West Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver.


I do not have an ISBN. What can I do?
Materials without ISBNs will be considered. If you would like to learn more about obtaining an ISBN, visit the Library and Archives Canada website.