The Heritage Writers’ Reserve Award is an annual award of $10,000 that recognizes the achievements of one Edmonton-based writer, researcher, or historian. The award is intended to be used to advance the publication and dissemination of a book project that explores aspects of Edmonton’s history and heritage.

Complete guidelines for the Heritage Writers’ Reserve can be found here.

Who Is Eligible?

The nominee must be a resident of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

Recipients can self-nominate or can be nominated by a member of the community.

What Is Eligible?

Manuscripts may be non-fiction or memoir, with content that brings focus to Edmonton stories, particularly those from voices less heard.

The award can be received at different stages of project development.  The primary goal of the award is to share the final outcomes of completed research and writing with the community. Writers may use the prize to fund editing, book design, publication, touring and promotion.

A minimum of two draft chapters and a table of contents are required to be submitted as part of the nomination process.

Both self-published and traditionally-published books are eligible for the award.

How to Submit

Submission to the Heritage Writers’ Reserve Award process is a two-stage process.

  1. Submission of a completed Nomination Form to by the next deadline (TBA).
  1. EHC Staff will follow up with nominee for completion of the Nominee Form.

Forms and guidelines will be updated with applicable dates once the next deadline has been announced.