This year’s festival marks the first with new festival director Roland Gulliver at the helm.
In total, eight awards and $175,000 will be given out for the best in Canadian children’s literature.
Past recipients include Elie Wiesel, Marilynne Robinson, and Louise Erdrich.
University of Alberta Press was also honoured with the Mel Hurtig Publisher of the Year award.
The $2,500 award is organized by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable.
The prize, which is worth more than $40,000, celebrates non-fiction that contributes to global cultural understanding.
Winners were announced in adult fiction, young adult fiction, and short story categories.
The $30,000 grand-prize winner will be announced on November 18.
The annual $10,000 prize is awarded to the best short fiction to be published in a literary publication.