Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

The award celebrates books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia.


British Columbia Historical Federation Historical Writing Competition

The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing

The BC Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing is awarded to the author whose book makes the most significant contribution to the historical literature of British Columbia.

  • Top prize: $2,500
  • Runner up: $1,500
  • Second runner up: $500
  • Certificates of Honourable Mention may also be awarded
  • See How to Enter for more details.

Community History Award

The Community History Award was introduced by the British Columbia Historical Federation in 2014.

Local and community history often provides the most sought-after information by historians researching a particular area. This is where the trivia and the stories can be found, not to mention the skeletons! The Community History Award was instituted to ensure these histories are recognized.

Books entered into the BCHF Historical Writing Competition will also be considered for the Community History Award.

History of the Award

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), Kamloops (2013) and Cloverdale (2014).

Past Winners

The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing has been awarded since 1983.