Submissions Guidelines

The Cundill History Prize recognises works of history published in English on any period or subject that are grounded in scholarly research, while retaining a wide public appeal. It is open to authors regardless of nationality or place of residence. Works in translation are welcomed.


Books, including translations, must have been published in English between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

The judges are searching for books that display both academic scholarship and literary merit that will appeal to a non-specialist readership. In making its selection, the jury is guided by four broad criteria:

  • Literary quality, such as clarity and elegance of the text
  • Historical scholarship
  • Soundness and originality of the analysis in terms of identifying and defining the issues in question and presenting authoritative analysis and evidence to illuminate the issues and support the conclusions reached
  • Appeal and interest to the general public, including impact and projected impact

The following are not eligible:

  • Self-published books
  • Textbooks or instruction guides
  • Posthumously published works
  • Edited collections

Submissions Procedure

All entries must be submitted by the publisher. No other entries will be accepted.

Books may not be re-submitted.

Publishers may submit up to 4 titles under a single imprint. Incomplete submissions or books received after the deadline of 16 June 2017 will not be considered.

The earliest possible submission is recommended.

To submit, please complete one online Submissions Form here for each title and send with 7 copies of each book to:

Cundill History Prize
3463 Peel Street
H3A 1W7

Canada Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged in writing, but please note that only those selected for the longlist will be contacted afterwards.

Any customs fees, duties and taxes are the sole responsibility of the publisher.

Submitted books will not be returned.