“Canada has traditionally been referred to as a ‘middle power’. Why could Canada not be home to a world-class prize with an international jury drawn from Canada, Britain and the United States.”
Lionel Gelber

(Revised July 2019)
  1. All titles must be submitted by the publisher. No other entries will be accepted. Each imprint of each publishing house may submit up to three titles (the earliest possible submission of books is recommended.) It is not necessary that all three titles be submitted at the same time.
  2. Six copies of each title must be delivered to the Prize Manager by 31 October 2019, along with an electronic copy, if available. For titles published between 31 October 2019 and 31 December 2019, the publisher may submit bound galleys or bound typescripts. Electronic versions submitted without hard copies will not be accepted.
  3. A $100.00 USD per-entry handling fee is required. This amount should be made payable to the University of Toronto by cheque or money order.
  4. Each submission must include a publication or release date, a general overview of its contents, a list of countries where the title will be distributed, and the names and addresses of distributors in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
  5. The winning title will produce and carry a sticker that recognizes the title being awarded the Lionel Gelber Prize.
  6. It is the responsibility of the publisher to ensure safe and timely arrival of book shipments to the Prize Manager. Neither the Prize Manager nor The Lionel Gelber Foundation are responsible for difficulties that may be experienced by foreign publishers submitting from outside Canada, including customs duties, and/or taxes owing. Such shipments will not be accepted or acknowledged by the Prize office and will be returned by the carrier to the original point of shipping.

Each title is judged by a distinguished jury knowledgeable in the field of international relations. A shortlist of up to six titles will be announced in February 2020.

The selection of the winning book will be announced in March 2020. An award ceremony to present the Prize will take place in Toronto, at which time the winning author is required to address the audience and be available for all media interviews. The author of the winning book will deliver a public lecture, at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, Canada.

– 2020 Call for Submissions (pdf)– (Requires Acrobat Reader)