Submissions for the 2023 Lane Anderson Award are now closed.

Thank you to all that applied.


If you are an agent, an author, or a publisher and are interested in submitting an entry for the Lane Anderson Award, please review the submission package below. You can also download the complete submission requirements in PDF formats

Quick Facts

The book must be published in Canada between January 1st, 2021 and December 31st, 2022.

The author(s) must be Canadian.

The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2023.

Entry Information

If you are a Canadian author and/or Canadian-owned publisher interested in submitting for the 2023 Lane Anderson Award, please review our guidelines.


  • Author(s) must be Canadian.
  • Books must have been published in English between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022
  • All entries — including electronic books — must have an ISBN and be available for sale in bookstores in Canada.
  • Eligible works include:
    • A collection of essays by one author if the essays are on a single theme, and if the work in its entirety has not been published elsewhere.
    • A work by two co-authors provided the whole work is integrated and coherent. In the case of winning co-authors, the prize money will be divided between them.
    • Electronic books if the author is Canadian, resided in Canada during the calendar year of book publication date, the book has an ISBN, and the entry was made generally available for public sale on a commercial basis during 2021-2022.
  • Non-eligible works include:
    • A collection of essays by more than one author.
    • Pamphlets, monographs, brochures, reference books, conference papers, and subsequent or revised editions of books
    • Posthumously published works
    • Fictional works

Please note the rules for eligibility will be administered, applied, interpreted, and may be revised from time to time at the discretion of the administrator of the Lane Anderson Award. The administrator’s judgment on the application of the rules and the eligibility criteria is final.

The Application Package

The publisher, author, or agent may submit books for the Lane Anderson Award. All submissions must include the 2023 submission form as well as the submission fee.

Your application package must include:

  • A completed submission form- Fill out online or submit PDF (Download PDF)
  • Seven (7) copies of each book
  • A photograph of the author(s) and illustrator(s), and a book cover image delivered via email or USB. The images should be no less than 300 dpi
  • The submission fee — $30 per book for any submissions by the same author or publisher. Cheques should be made payable to the Fitzhenry Family Foundation

The due date for all materials is April 30, 2023. The earliest possible submission of books is recommended. The award manager will acknowledge receipt of each candidate’s title. The award administrator will announce the shortlist in Fall, and the award will be presented at a ceremony in Toronto in the Fall. All shortlisted nominees are asked to attend the ceremony

The Judging Panel

A separate panel of three judges adjudicates each of the adult and young reader awards. Judges are selected based on their expertise in fields of science, science writing, and literature.

Selection Process

Each award will be determined on the relevance of its content to the importance of science in today’s world, and the author’s ability to connect the topic to the interests of the general trade reader.

The judges review all submissions and recommend their views on the shortlist directly to the award administrator, without advising the other judges of their decision. Each judge acts independently in order to ensure fairness. The award administrator reviews the submissions and advises the judges on the consensus shortlist.

Judges advise the award administrator of their ranking of the shortlisted books and the award administrator advises the judges of the winner. Consensus and commentary is invited during the process.