Nominations Open for The Donner Prize!

Deadline: 30 November 2017

This year The Donner Canadian Foundation proudly celebrates the nineteenth anniversary of the Donner Prize, which annually rewards excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians. The largest and most prestigious prize of its kind, the Donner Prize awards $50,000 to the author of the winning book, with $7,500 awarded to each of the other shortlisted titles (to a maximum of five titles).

The Donner Canadian Foundation established the prize to recognize and reward the best public policy thinking, writing and research by a Canadian, and the role it plays in determining the well-being of Canadians and the success of Canada as a whole. Previous honourees have shed light on a wide range of issues bearing on the economy, politics and society in general.

The prize is meant to encourage an open exchange of ideas and to provide a springboard for authors who may not necessarily be well-known, but who can make an original and meaningful contribution to policy discourse.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All entries must be published in English or French between January 1 and December 31 of the prize year.
  • A collection of essays by one author is eligible if the essays are on a single theme, and if the work in its entirety has not been reproduced elsewhere. A collection of essays by more than one author is not eligible.
  • A work by two co-authors is acceptable, provided the whole work is integrated and coherent.
  • Posthumously published works, pamphlets, monographs, reference books, conference papers and subsequent or revised editions of books are not eligible.
  • Books published outside Canada are eligible provided that the author is a Canadian citizen and the book is published in English or French.
  • Shortlisted authors are required to attend an awards ceremony the following May and, if winners, address the audience at that time.
  • The rules for eligibility shall be interpreted and may be revised from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Governors of the Donner Canadian Foundation.

How to Apply

An electronic version or six copies of each title must be submit at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Canada

For more information, please visit The Donner Prize.

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