“Canada has traditionally been referred to as a ‘middle power’. Why could Canada not be home to a world-class prize with an international jury drawn from Canada, Britain and the United States.”
Lionel Gelber

(Revised July 2023)


  1. All entries must be first published in English between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023. For those books that have been translated into English, the date of first publication (in any language) must be no earlier than January 1, 2023, and the book must have been published in English translation for the first time between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023.
  2. Deadline for submission is October 31, 2023. Books published between November 1 and December 31, 2023 may be submitted in galley form.
  3. A $100 USD per-entry handling fee is required. This amount can be paid by credit card or by cheque made payable to the University of Toronto. For credit card payments please contact the Prize Manager.
  4. Each submission should deal with significant issues in foreign relations. Priority is given to books that provide information to the general audience through new perspectives and analysis.
  5. A collection of essays by one author is considered eligible if the essays are on a single theme. The work must not have been substantially reproduced elsewhere.
  6. Biographies, autobiographies and historical works are appropriate entries, if the majority of the text provides new awareness of, or insights into, the field of international relations.
  7. Posthumously published works are not eligible.
  8. A work by co-authors, if there are no more than two, is acceptable provided the whole work is integrated and coherent.
  9. The rules for eligibility shall be interpreted and may be revised from time to time at the discretion of the Directors of The Lionel Gelber Prize Board.
  10. Any subsequent printing of the prize winning book in hard or soft cover must identify the book and the author as the winner of the 34th Annual Lionel Gelber Prize.
  11. The author of the winning book will deliver a public lecture, at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
  12. The author of the winning book will participate in scheduled media interviews arranged by the Lionel Gelber Prize team.
  13. The author of the winning book may be invited to serve as a jury member of the Lionel Gelber Prize in the subsequent year.


The Lionel Gelber Prize Board reserves the right to change or modify the rules for eligibility at any time without prior notice.