Cundill International Prize in Historical Literature - McGill University

Publish Date: Apr 06, 2015

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Established in 2008 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill (Cundill Prize) to be offered each year by McGill University to an individual, of any nationality and from any country, who has published a book determined to have had (or likely to have) a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.

Each year, an appointed jury panel will be responsible for compiling a long-list of not more than 15 books, and a subsequent short-list of not less than three outstanding books submitted for the Cundill Prize. From the short-list, the jury panel will be responsible for selecting one Grand Prize winner and two ‘Recognition of Excellence’ award winners. The decisions of the jury shall be binding.

The short-listed authors are expected to attend the awards ceremony in November in Montreal (to be confirmed) and the Grand Prize winner must be committed to returning to Montreal the following November to deliver a public lecture at the next awards ceremony.

Submission Guidelines

Professional book publishers are invited to submit titles for consideration:

  • All entries must be submitted by the publisher. No other entries will be accepted.
  • Publishers may submit titles to the Prize from April 1, 2015 – May 31, 2015
  • Publishers are invited to submit books published between June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015.
  • Publishers may not submit more than 4 titles. Publishers should note that the award is to promote literary and academic achievement in history; they should submit only books that they deem to be outstanding in these regards.
  • The book must show evidence of being grounded in previous research (e.g. footnotes / endnotes / scholarly sources).
  • 7 copies of each book must be sent to the Cundill Prize once the Online Submission Form has been completed.
  • In order to be eligible, recipients will have published a book in English in the area of history.
  • Books that have been translated to English must also have been published between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015, regardless of the publication date of the book’s original language.
  • The earliest possible submission of books is recommended. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged in writing by the Prize, however, only those selected as being on the long-list will be contacted afterwards.
  • It is the publisher’s responsibility to ensure that the books are received in Montreal by the deadline date. Any customs fees, duties or taxes and/or delays are the sole responsibility of the publisher. Books received after the deadline date cannot be considered.
  • Books may be submitted to the Cundill Prize only once.

The following are not eligible:

  • Books submitted by the author.
  • Self-published books.
  • Textbooks or instruction guides.
  • Posthumously published works.
  • Edited collections.


  • If it is a translation that wins one of the awards, 10% of the award-winner’s prize will be awarded to the translator (i.e. Grand Prize winner will receive $67,500 and the translator will receive $7,500; in the case of a ‘Recognition of Excellence’ prize winner, the ‘Recognition of Excellence’ award winner will be awarded $9,000 and the translator will receive $1,000.

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