headerThe Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for historical writing.

The Lieutenant-Governor’s
Medal for Historical Writing

Each year, the British Columbia Historical Federation invites submissions for its Annual Historical Writing Competition to authors of British Columbia history; and the winning author is awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing.

    • To be eligible, a book must be about BC history and be published within the
       competition year
    • Non-fiction books representing any aspect of BC history are eligible.
    • Reprints or revisions of books are not eligible
    • Books may be submitted by authors or publishers
    • Deadline for submission is December 31 of the year in which the book was published

Submission Requirements
    • For instructions to enter the competition a letter MUST be sent to:
              Director William R. Morrison
    • This letter must contain the following:
       1. Title of the book submitted
       2. Author’s name and contact information
       3. Publisher’s name and contact information
       4. Selling price
    • Deadline: December 31st of the year in which the book was published
    • Authors/Publishers are required to submit three copies of their book
    • Books entered become the property of the BC Historical Federation
    • By submitting books for this competition, the authors agree that the BC Historical
       Federation may use their name(s) in press releases and in its publications

Judging Criteria
Judges are looking for quality presentations and fresh material. Submissions will be evaluated in the following areas:
    • Scholarship: quality of research and documentation, comprehensiveness,
       objectivity and accuracy
    • Presentation: organization, clarity, illustrations and graphics
    • Accessibility: readability and audience appeal

All winners will receive publicity and an invitation to the Award’s Banquet at the Federation’s annual conference in May following the year of publication.

Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal and Other Awards
The BC Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing will be awarded together with $2,500 to the author whose book makes the most significant contribution to the historical literature of British Columbia. The 2nd place winner will receive $1,500 and and 3rd place, $500. Certificates of Honourable Mention may be awarded to other books as recommended by the judges.

Historical Note
A proposal to initiate a BC history writing competition was approved at the Federation’s annual conference in 1983 and the Lieutenant Governor, as Honorary Patron, agreed to the awarding of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing. On seven occasions His/Her Honour has presented this medal: Victoria (1989), Richmond (2001), Prince George (2003), Victoria (2007), Nelson (2009), Campbell River (2012) and Kamloops (2013).

Awards for 2012
Winner: Derek Hayes, British Columbia: a New Historical Atlas. Vancouver,                                  Douglas & McIntyre
2nd Place: Ann-Lee and Gordon Switzer, Gateway to Promise: Canada's First Japanese                Community. Victoria, Ti-Jean Press
3rd Place: Robert Harley, For King and Country: 150 Years of the Royal Westminster                  Regiment. New Westminster, Vivalogue Publishing Canada Ltd
Honourable Mentions:
        • Jay Sherwood, Furrows in the Sky: the Adventures of Gerry Andrews. Victoria,                             Royal BC Museum
        • Daniel Francis, Trucking in British Columbia: an Illustrated History. Madeira Park,                         Harbour Publishing
        • David Esson Young, The Uchuck Years: a West Coast Shipping Saga. Madeira Park,                       Harbour Publishing

2012 Entries

Past Winners