Information for publishers

Information for publishers

About the Prize

The Wolfson History Prize is awarded annually to promote and recognise outstanding history written for a general audience. First awarded in 1972, it remains a beacon of the best historical writing being produced in the UK, reflecting qualities of both readability and excellence in writing and research.

Books are judged on the extent to which they are carefully researched, well-written and accessible to the non-specialist reader.

A shortlist of six books is announced in spring, followed by one overall winner in early summer.

The winning author receives a total prize of £40,000. The other five shortlisted authors are awarded a prize of £4,000 each.

Guidelines and submissions

In order to qualify for consideration for the 2019 Prize, a book must be published in the United Kingdom within the calendar year of 2018. The author must be normally resident in the UK during the year of publication and should not be a previous winner of the Wolfson History Prize. Books should be readable, scholarly and accessible to the non-specialist reader.

Submissions for the 2019 prize are now closed. Submissions for the 2020 prize will open in summer 2019. 

Full details on eligibility and entry are available here.

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KEY DATES FOR THE 2019 PRIZE

Submissions
open

1 Jul 2018
Deadline for
catalogues

30 Sep 2018
Deadline for
selected books

30 Nov 2018
Shortlist
announced

15 Apr 2019
Winner
announced

11 Jun 2019