Whitfield Book Prize – Guidelines

The Royal Historical Society offers annually the Whitfield Book Prize (value £1,000) for a new book on British or Irish history.

To be eligible for consideration for the prize, the book must:

  1. be its author’s first solely written history book;
  2. be on a subject within a field of British or Irish history;
  3. be an original and scholarly work of historical research by an author who received their doctoral degree from a British or Irish university;
  4. have been published in English during the calendar year 2020.

Only printed and e-books bearing a 2020 copyright date are eligible for consideration in the current round. Books issued by publishers in the final weeks of 2020 which bear a copyright date of 2020 will be eligible for nomination in 2020.

Books focused on Atlantic World, British imperial, and trans-national contexts for British and Irish history should be entered for the Gladstone Prize. The Chair of the Whitfield Prize Committee will make the final decision as to the eligibility of each submitted volume. The Chairs of the Whitfield Prize Committee and the Gladstone Prize Committee will together decide which competition is most appropriate for any books falling between the criteria for each prize.

Publishers are invited to nominate their books. (Please note authors cannot submit their own work.)

The publisher should complete the Entry Form and submit one copy (non-returnable) of the eligible book by 31 December 2020. Books should be sent to the Administrative Secretary, Royal Historical Society, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

Should the book be short-listed, two further copies will be required.

The prize-winner will be announced at the Society’s Annual Reception in July 2021.

All enquiries about the Prize should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary, Imogen Evans, at: adminsecretary@royalhistsoc.org

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