Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

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

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 prestigious Lieutenant Governor’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).


  • 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 by December 31 of that year.
  • Books may be submitted by authors or publishers.

Submission Requirements:

To enter the competition, please submit the online application form, or send an email to Maurice Guibord, BCHF Book Award Chair, at Your application must include:

  • title of the book submitted
  • author’s name and contact information
  • publisher’s name and contact information
  • selling price

Applicants are required to submit three copies of their book for judging. These copies must be received by the BCHF Book Award Chair by December 31 of the competition year. The Book Award Chair will contact you upon receiving your application to provide mailing instructions. Books entered become the property of the British Columbia Historical Federation. Note: By submitting books for this competition, authors agree that the British Columbia Historical Federation may use their name(s) in press releases and other print/electronic publications.

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 Federation’s Annual Conference. Winners will be announced through media channels after the conference awards gala.

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.