The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced a new literary award. The Balsillie Prize for Public Policy is a $60,000 award that recognizes the best Canadian book about public policy.
The prize will be funded by businessman and philanthropist Jim Balsillie. Balsillie is the former co-CEO of Research in Motion.
“This prize will spotlight authors and ideas that aim to address the core concerns of our society and ideally lead to a more engaged, informed, and enlightened Canada,” Balsillie said in a press statement. “My hope is that we can spur the commissioning of books that engage the general public and have potential to influence the work of the country’s top policymakers.”
The first edition of the prize will be given out in 2021. The finalists will be announced on Oct. 13, 2021, and the winner will be revealed on Nov. 24, 2021.