CODE's Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit & Métis Literature

A literary award and literacy initiative like no other.

New deadline: March 31, 2017

In collaboration with the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature is given annually to English-language literary works for young adults by First Nations, Inuit or Métis authors.

This year, one winner will be selected from a shortlist of three finalists. The creator(s) of the winning book (author, translator, or graphic novel illustrator) will be awarded $12,000. Each non-winning title will be named an honour book, and the creator(s) of each honour book will be awarded $2,000. The publishers of all three finalists will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of a minimum of 2,500 copies, which will be delivered to First Nation, Inuit and Métis youth across Canada.


Publishers operating in Canada can submit English works of prose fiction or non-fiction written by First Nations, Inuit or Métis authors. Published books and unpublished manuscripts are eligible. Eligible manuscripts and books published between February 15, 2016 and March 31, 2017 must be submitted by publishers no later than March 31, 2017.

Award Guidelines and Application form

Download the e-flyer (pdf)

For more information, contact:

Claire Bolton
Program Officer, Literary Awards
613-232-3569 or 1-800-661-2633

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