About the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature

A literary award and literacy initiative like no other.

Burt Award for FNIM badgeThe Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature is a unique literary award and readership initiative established by CODE with the generous support of philanthropist William Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation. The Award recognizes excellence in First Nations, Inuit and Métis literature for youth and provides engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada.

In partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Canada Council for the Arts, Frontier College and GoodMinds, the Award will be given annually to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) by First Nations, Inuit or Métis authors or translators (if applicable). The Canada Council for the Arts will be responsible for establishing the selection criteria and administering the jury process. 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.

Burt Award FNIM winning book covers

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For more information about the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature, contact the Program Manager, Literary Awards & Publishing - Lynn O’Rourke: LORourke@code.ngo

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