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Welcome to our Contest for Book Lovers! This initiative encourages readers to buy books on Canadian Independent Bookstore Day in support and celebration of indies. Please read through our steps to enter below. Books must be purchased from a Canadian independent bookstore on Saturday, April 29 to be eligible. The entry form will be made available on this page beginning at midnight on April 29 until 11:59pm PT on April 30.

Click here to find an indie bookstore near you.

The 2023 contest is now closed and all winners have been contacted. This page should be used for reference purposes only. Thank you to the thousands of readers who entered and shopped at indie bookstores this year.


First Prize: $1,000 gift certificate to the indie bookstore of your choice – sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada
Second Prize: $500 gift certificate to the indie bookstore of your choice – sponsored by Simon & Schuster Canada
Third Prize: $250 gift certificate to the indie bookstore of your choice – sponsored by Orca Book Publishers


1. Buy books from your favourite indie

Every book purchased from a Canadian independent bookstore on April 29 is worth one entry. Books written and/or illustrated by Canadian creators will be worth double. Books can be purchased in-store, online, or by phone. Proof of purchase is required.

2. Fill out the contest form

The link to our entry form will be found on this page between midnight on April 29 and 11:59pm PT on April 30. You will be required to specify how many books you purchased and how many of those were by Canadian authors/illustrators. You will also be asked to upload your proof of purchase and certify that you understand the terms and conditions.

3. Hope you win!

On May 1, CIBA staff will randomly select three winners, beginning with the third prize and ascending to the first. CIBA will contact prospective winners via the information provided at the time of entry with next steps.


Click here to read our FAQ 

No purchase necessary. Contest runs April 29, 2023 at 12:00:00 am AT to April 30, 2023 at 11:59:59 pm PT. Open to residents of Canada who are the legal age of majority. Three (3) prizes consisting of gift certificates to Canadian independent bookstores ranging in retail value up to one thousand dollars ($1,000); One (1) winner per prize. Mathematical skill-testing question required.

Click here to read the full contest rules including purchase entry/no purchase entry and prize details


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