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The Cundill History Prize is open to books published in English from any country in the world, regardless of the nationality or place of residence of their authors. Translations are warmly welcomed.

Submissions are open until Friday, May 1, 2020 for books published in English between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. The winner will be announced at the Cundill History Prize awards ceremony in Montreal, in November 2020.

Please complete and submit one form for each submission. Publishers may not submit more than 4 titles. Incomplete submissions or books received after the deadline cannot be considered.

To safeguard against disruptions, we are currently accepting PDF copies only. These should be sent to admin.cundillprize@mcgill.ca. Please do not send physical books.

Application Form

The earliest possible submission of books is recommended. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by the Cundill History Prize, however, only those selected as being on the longlist will be contacted afterwards.

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

Publishers may submit up to 4 titles under a single imprint. Incomplete submissions or books received after the deadline of May 1, 2020 will not be considered.

To submit, please complete one online Submission Form for each title and send with a PDF copy of the title to admin.cundillprize@mcgill.ca.

Books may not be re-submitted.


Author info:

(i.e. Mr., Ms., Professor, Dr.)

Book info:

Miscellaneous:

Publisher info:

e.g. Mr John Smith
We have read the Rules and Regulations for the 2018 Cundill History Prize at McGill University. We undertake that, should a book published by us be shortlisted, we will comply with the requirements set out in the Rules and Regulations (including the Publishers' Commitments). We also give permission to the Prize Administrators to take the book jacket, book summaries and author photograph from our website until an updated version is provided. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged in writing by the Prize, however, only those selected as being on the shortlist will be contacted afterwards. Furthermore, if an e-book version is available, it must be made accessible at the request of a jury member.
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.

Eligibility

Books, including translations, must have been published in English between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.

The jury is 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

A Cundill book, in the words of Advisory Committee and Triage Committee member Faith Wallis, embodies 3 Cs:

C raft

A Cundill book demonstrates mastery of the historian’s craft, drawing on a rich diversity of primary sources in an impeccably-documented and well-argued study which would be right at home in any academic bibliography.

C ommunication

A Cundill book offers a compelling narrative which—written in lively, engaging prose—can be read with pleasure and with profit by non-specialist historians and the general public alike.

C onsequence

A Cundill book is a game-changer; the fresh perspective that its original findings offer on the given topic consequentially alter our way of considering not only the past that it describes, but also the present and future with which its vital links are powerful and manifest.

These criteria guide our selection process, from triaged lists to summer longlists to official shortlist to finalists to winner.

READ MORE about what we are looking for and how we select our Triage Committee and Jury.

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 May 1, 2020 will not be considered. The earliest possible submission is recommended.

To submit, please complete one online Submission Form here for each title and send a PDF copy to admin.cundillprize@mcgill.ca. Please do not send physical copies at this point.

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

Publisher's Commitments

For a book to be eligible, the publisher agrees:

  • To make every effort to ensure that sufficient copies of shortlisted books are available for sale by the McGill University Bookstore, by October 1, 2020.
  • To participate in subsequent media advertising for the Cundill History Prize Winner, mentioning the Cundill History Prize at McGill University under the aegis of FMcM Associates and the Cundill History Prize team;
  • To encourage shortlisted authors to participate in all reasonable publicity associated with the Cundill History Prize, including interviews, readings, and appearances. Shortlisted authors will be expected to commit to a minimum of 1-2 national/international media interviews. Shortlisted authors will be expected to commit to a minimum of 3-4 national/international media interviews;
  • To use their best efforts to sticker copies of the winning book with Cundill History Prize stickers (to be provided);
  • To provide the contact information and short biography of shortlisted authors, together with the latest author media pack and a high-quality, high-resolution photograph;
  • To ensure all materials have been cleared for use in newspapers, magazines, and on the Cundill History Prize website;
  • Pay any customs fees, duties and taxes for the delivery of books to the Cundill History Prize.
Judging & Criteria

The jury will compile a shortlist of no more than 8 books, from which the 3 finalists will be chosen.

The jury will choose one winner of the Cundill History Prize. This individual will be awarded US$75,000.

The two remaining finalists will each receive the Cundill History Prize Recognition of Excellence Award, together with US$10,000.

For works in translation the Cundill History Prize and the two Recognition of Excellence Awards will be shared by the author (80%) and the translator (20%).

In making its selection, the jury will be guided by historical scholarship, literary quality, and originality in identifying and defining the issues, and presenting authoritative analysis and evidence to illuminate the issues and support the conclusions, as well as writing and presenting the material in a manner to appeal to the general public.

The jury will select the shortlist, the finalists and the winner in private deliberations preceding each announcement.

The decision of the jury shall be binding.

Publishers should be aware that they will receive no advance notice of the shortlist or the winner.

Awards Ceremony & Author Attendance

The three finalists will be honoured at the Cundill History Prize Awards Ceremony and gala dinner to be held in Montreal, in November 2020. At the shortlist stage, all authors will be asked to confirm their availability to attend the Gala in person. The prize reserves the right not to consider authors to be in contention as finalists if they cannot attend the Gala. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the Cundill History Prize.

The Cundill History Prize Lecture

The winner of the Cundill History Prize will be asked to give a public lecture at McGill University during the following year. The lecture will be recorded and made available online. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the Cundill History Prize.

Revision

The rules for eligibility and submission requirements shall be interpreted and may be revised from time to time at the discretion of the Cundill History Prize Advisory Committee.