Membership to the Young Alberta Book Society is open to anyone who wishes to join, though certain criteria must be met for eligibility to participate in our programs as an artist member. The annual full membership fee is $50 for touring artists and Taleblazers host schools and libraries.

We also have a supporter membership category which is for individuals or institutions who wish to be a part of the organization, have voting rights, have artist webpages maintained, or be part of our referral efforts, but who do not wish or intend to participate in any of our programming. The membership fee for this category is $25. A supporter membership can be upgraded to a full membership at any time of year. Full memberships may not be downgraded mid-year, but may be renewed as supporters the following spring upon expiry.

Benefits to being an artist member:

  • Promotion of you and your work on our website database and through ongoing public and media communication.

  • Appear as part of the Taleblazers Festival and Year-Round Bookings roster of touring literary artists

  • Professional development opportunities such as workshops run by your peers in the literary arts community.

  • Opportunities to apply for other YABS programs.

Please do note that at this time, we are only able to accept authors who have been published by book publishers that follow the traditional model and do not require financial contributions from authors.

We do recognize that there are many quality works being published outside of the traditional model. 

However, this policy remains in place due to guidelines from national arts funding bodies which require that at least 75% of the published authors are not employees or owners of the publishing house, are chosen through an editorial selection process, and pay royalties to authors in order to be considered a traditional book publisher.

Our membership year is July 1 to June 30. Please make cheques payable to the Young Alberta Book Society. If you would like to make arrangements to pay by email money transfer, please contact the office. Membership fees are non-refundable and cannot be pro-rated.

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