Historical Writing Competition

Our annual Historical Writing Competition recognizes the authors whose books have made the most significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia.

The top prize for this competition is the prestigiousĀ Lieutenant Governorā€™s Medal for Historical Writing, plus a $2,500 cash prize.

Awards may also be presented to the runner up ($1,500), second runner up ($500) and/or honorable mentions (certificates).

Since 2014, we have also presented theĀ Community History Award to a book that provides sought-after historical information about a specific community or locality within British Columbia. This award recognizes the importance of preserving local histories as well as broader provincial histories. All books submitted to the Competition are considered for this award.


  • Non-fiction books representing any aspect of BC history are eligible.
  • Reprints or revisions of books are NOT eligible.
  • Books must be published within the current calendar year, and must be submitted byĀ December 31Ā of that year.
  • Books may be submitted by authors or publishers.

Submission Requirements:


To enter the competition, please submit the online application form.

Applicants are required to mail three copies of their book for judging to the following address: PO Box 448, Fort Langley, BC, V1M 2R7.

These copies must be received by the BCHF Book Award judges by December 31 of the competition year.

Books entered become the property of the British Columbia Historical Federation.

Judging Criteria:

Submissions will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scholarship: quality of research and documentation, freshness of material, comprehensiveness, objectivity and accuracy.
  • Presentation: organization, clarity, illustrations and graphics.
  • Accessibility: readability and audience appeal.


Awards are presented at the Awards Banquet at the Federationā€™sĀ Annual Conference. Winners will be announced through media channels after the conference awards gala.

More Information:

Book Seals:

Are you a past winner or finalist of the Competition? Embossed gold (winner) and silver (finalist) book seals, pictured at right, are now available for purchase. For information, please email: writing@bchistory.ca

History of the Award & Past Recipients:

The Historical Writing Competition dates back to 1983. For information about the history of the Competition – including a list of past award recipients – please visit Our HistoryĀ – Awards – Historical Writing Competition.