“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

Download the 32nd Lionel Gelber Prize Submission Form

For inquiries, please contact Stacie Bellemare, Prize Manager, at gelberprize.munk@utoronto.ca.

(Revised July 2021)

  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. Seven copies of each title must be delivered to the Prize Manager by October 31, 2021, along with an electronic copy, if available. For titles published between November 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, the publisher may submit bound galleys or bound typescripts. Electronic versions submitted without hard copies will not be accepted.

Submissions for the 32nd Annual Lionel Gelber Prize should be sent to:

The Lionel Gelber Prize
Stacie Bellemare, Prize Manager
59 Cluett Drive
Ajax ON, L1S 7C4


***Couriers must be authorized to leave packages at the front door with “no signature required.”***  

The Prize is not responsible for retrieving submissions from courier/postal outlets.

  1. A $100.00 USD per-entry handling fee is required. This amount should be made payable to the University of Toronto by cheque, money order or wire transfer. Please contact the Prize Manager for further information.
  2. Each submission must include a completed submission form  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.
  3. The winning title will produce and carry a sticker that recognizes the title being awarded the Lionel Gelber Prize.
  4. 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 Prize Board 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 2022.

The selection of the winning book will be announced in March 2022. An award ceremony to present the Prize will take place in Spring 2022, at which time the winning author is required to address the audience and be available for 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.


Further Information

All inquiries should be directed to:

Stacie Bellemare
Prize Manager
The Lionel Gelber Prize
Email: gelberprize.munk@utoronto.ca

– 2022 Call for Submissions (pdf)
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