Hamilton Literary Awards

Celebrating 26 years of Hamilton storytelling!


The Hamilton Arts Council Literary Awards recognizes published books of literary excellence, written by authors residing in Hamilton. This year, we're celebrating the 26th Anniversary of our Hamilton Literary Awards! Prizes will be awarded in all four of the following categories: Poetry, Non-fiction, Fiction and the Kerry Schooley Book Award for the book that is the most evocative of Hamilton.

Planning is underway and more information will be available in the coming weeks. If you would like to be contacted when submissions open, please email community@hamiltonartscouncil.ca



The Hamilton Literary Awards are an annual literary event with the goal of recognizing and celebrating the best of our city’s published authors.  The Awards are presented to books of outstanding merit and quality in the categories of Fiction, Poetry and Non-fiction by authors residing in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. The Hamilton Literary Awards also include the Kerry Schooley Book Award to be given to the book that is most evocative of the City of Hamilton and/or surrounding area. The Kerry Schooley Book Award has been named in honour of the late Kerry Schooley who was a tireless advocate for literary arts in Hamilton.

For a list of previous Winners please DOWNLOAD THE PDF.