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About The Prize

Posted on March 12th, 2014

The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature is offered each year to an individual who has published a book in English determined to have had, or likely to have, a profound literary, social and intellectual impact.  Administered by Montreal’s McGill University,  the Cundill Prize recognizes outstanding works of non-fiction that are grounded in scholarly research while retaining wide appeal and interest to the general public. Submissions are judged on their literary merits, their scholarship, and their contribution to historical understanding.

The Cundill Prize is the largest non-fiction history prize in the world. It warmly welcomes submissions on any historical period or subject, regardless of the nationality or place of residence of the author.

The University will grant one Grand Prize of US$75,000 and two ‘Recognition of Excellence’ Prizes of US$10,000 each. The recipients of the Prizes will be selected by an independent jury of at least five internationally distinguished and qualified individuals selected by the University.

In order to be eligible, the author will have published a book in English (or a book that has been translated to English) in the area of history.  The book (original or translation) must have been published within the following dates: June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) is pleased to be assisting the Dean of Arts in the administration of the Cundill Prize and in Historical Literature at McGill University.