Eligibility Criteria

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Dartmouth Book Awards

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award


Dartmouth Book Awards Eligibility Criteria

  • Books about Nova Scotia and/or its people.
  • Books published in 2017 for the first time (re-issues of earlier publications are not eligible).
  • Authors must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
  • Books in any genre: fiction, history, essay, biography, politics, drama etc.
  • Books must contain a minimum of 40% text.
  • No anthologies.
  • Books must be 49 pages or more and available for sale.
  • Self-published books are accepted as long as they have been professionally produced and meet all other criteria.
  • The Steering Committee reserves the right to accept or reject submitted titles. Rejected titles will not be returned.
  • A $20.00 non-refundable submission fee for each title must accompany entries. Cheques should be made payable to the Dartmouth Book Awards.
  • Children's books are not eligible. All children's submissions should be submitted to the Ann Connor Brimer Award Committee. For further information about the Ann Connor Brimer award, please contact Linda Hodgins by e-mail at lindahodgins@eastlink.ca.  ​Books written for older teens ( ages 16+ ) will be accepted.
  • Collections of poetry are not eligible for this award. Poetry submissions should be submitted to the JM Abraham Poetry Award program of the East Coast Literary Awards. Please go to http://writers.ns.ca/east-coast-literary-awards/submission-guidelines.html for submission information.
  • Submission form at bottom of this page.

For more information contact:

Heather MacKenzie
Halifax Public Libraries
60 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
Tel: (902) 490-6789
Fax:(902) 490-5762
E-mail: mackenh@halifax.ca 


Margaret and John Savage First Book Award Eligibility Criteria

  • First books published in 2017.  NOTE:  If an author’s “first” published book was in a genre not eligible for this award, such as children’s books, that does not exclude them from submitting their first book in any of our eligible genres.  
  • Authors must have been a full-time resident in Atlantic Canada for at least two concurrent years preceding the submission deadline date. 
  • Books in any genre: Fiction, history, essay, poetry, biography, politics, drama, etc.
  • Books must contain a minimum of 40% text.
  • No anthologies.
  • Books must be 49 pages or more and available for sale.
  • Self-published books are accepted as long as they have been professionally produced and meet all other criteria.
  • The Steering Committee reserves the right to accept or reject submitted titles. Rejected titles will not be returned.
  • A $20.00 non-refundable submission fee for each title must accompany entries. Cheques should be made payable to the Dartmouth Book Awards.
  • Children's books are not eligible. All children's submissions should be submitted to the Ann Connor Brimer Award selection committee. For further information about the Ann Connor Brimer Award, please contact Linda Hodgins by e-mail at lindahodgins@eastlink.ca.  Books written for older teens ( ages 16+ ) will be accepted.
  • Submission form at bottom of this page.

For more information contact:

Heather MacKenzie
Halifax Public Libraries
60 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
Tel: (902) 490-6789
Fax:(902) 490-5762
E-mail: mackenh@halifax.ca