Airdrie Reads

Will the city of Airdrie read more books this summer? 

Can Airdrie readers agree on which book is the best?

Author Submissions

Get on the Airdrie Reads longlist

Airdrie Reads

How it works

  • Alberta Authors

    Submit your full-length fiction book or memoir using our online form and then enjoy the spotlight if you make it to our shortlist, or better yet win the title of Airdrie Reads 2021. We will be announcing our short list in May and the winner in August.

  • Airdrie Readers

    Follow along online and with airdrielife magazine for discussion topics and the link to watch the debate live! Will your public opinion match the panelists decision? Read, follow, engage!

  • Our Champions

    Watch prominent Airdrie residents defend their book choice to be crowned this year’s Airdrie Reads winner. Just as with our favourite reality TV competitions, tune in for some strong arguments!

  • Our Panelists

    As the judges of the champions' pitches, the panelists will have the difficult job of choosing the winner of Airdrie Reads 2021. Which argument will sway their vote and will they pick the book that Airdrie readers chose too?

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To Submit your Synopsis

The Prize

airdrielife magazine is proud to provide an author profile in the fall issue of our prominent Airdrie print magazine. The winning author will be featured in a professionally written and photographed profile. The winning book will also be highlighted on the shelves of several local stores.

The Timeline

Submissions Open - deadline April 15, 2021
Books to Champions - May 1, 2021
Online recording of pitches 6 weeks over June and July
Winner Chosen - July 30, 2021

Media Sponsor

We at Big Sky Author Services have partnered with airdrielife magazine as our official media sponsor. We are very grateful that airdrielife is donating more than $5,000 in advertising and editorial pieces to this project in both print and digital formats.

Airdrie Reads is proudly presented by Big Sky Author Services with media sponsorship from

The Champions

Heather Spearman

Heather has been a long-time community enthusiast and Airdrie resident. Born and raised in Alberta, she has made a habit of finding the best parts of our province, whether it be the people or the places, and embracing every experience. Heather is an avid supporter of building strong women, building advocacy for those living with an invisible illness, and building forward-thinking communities. When she isn’t running community groups, working her full time role in the technology sector, or raising her family, Heather is a supporter of our local arts communities and events that bring us all together. You can watch for Heather as a candidate in the October 2021 Airdrie Municipal Election.

Jordan Harris

Jordan is a “born & raised” Airdrie boy, having been blessed with very deep roots within the community.  Fulfilling his dream of teaching band at George McDougall High School, shaping lives, and making music have been a daily and welcome part of Jordan’s every day for fifteen years. Walks, bike rides, kayaking, and other outdoor activities with his family and his best friend, Peanut.  Despite his love for Airdrie, Jordan readily takes breaks from it all with a good book. With an interest in history, he enjoys connecting with the lives and exploits of Prairie and Canadian locals long since passed. With a taste for excitement, his personal journey continues to develop as Airdrie does, however Jordan makes it clear that remembering one’s roots and where it all began, are not to be forgotten.

Sarika Mehta

Sarika is your local freelance makeup artist and educator, and national finalist of Mrs. Galaxy Airdrie 2021. Sarika has been living in Airdrie for over 6 years. She loves connecting with small businesses and empowering women in all areas by providing them with self-care support. She believes in the art of volunteering and gives her support with her family to the community whenever required. She is part of Volunteer Airdrie working to fill programs that require volunteers. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and cooking on top of updating her makeup skills.

Kiersten Mohr

Kiersten (she/her) is a geologist, speaker, advocate, and an openly transgender woman in Airdrie Alberta which she's called home for the last 17 years. She was inspired and empowered by the positive experience of her gender transition and now passionately uses her visibility and voice to promote positive public awareness and inclusion of transgender and gender diverse individuals. Kiersten is the founder of Terra Firma Transition Consulting, a company focused on supporting transitioning individuals while also working with organizations to eliminate the employment barriers faced by the transgender and gender diverse community. Kiersten is the current president of the Airdrie Pride Society and a member of the Women's advisory cabinet for Ducks Unlimited.

Daniel Nelles

Daniel has lived in Airdrie since 1985. Graduating from the University of Lethbridge in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Education, he worked as a high school teacher for eight years before being hired as an Executive Staff Officer with Calgary Public Teachers (Local 38 of the Alberta Teachers’ Association) in 2012. Daniel has been a trustee on the City of Airdrie Library Board since December 2013 and has served as Chair of the Board since November 2014. n his spare time, Daniel also moonlights as a voice actor, having been featured in radio commercials, a project with Mindfuel Alberta, and in two animated television series.  When trying to relax, Daniel likes nothing better than finding a quiet spot to read a good book.

Big Sky Author Services is a team of writers and editors who have decades of industry knowledge. This past year taught us about the importance of books as we all turned to story for escapism. Books take us to faraway lands or propel us into the lives of heroes, astronauts, monsters, and more. They educate, inspire, and entertain. We at Big Sky Author Services want to get you even more excited about books--reading them and writing them.