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Political Book Prize

Entries now being accepted

You are invited to participate in the 16th edition of the Political Book Prize to be awarded next April!
Prizes totalling $14,500 will be awarded to winners and runners-up of the Prix de la présidence de l’Assemblée nationale and the Prix de la Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant. For rules and details, see below.
If you are an author or student who has written on the subject of Québec politics, submit your entry by completing one of these forms:

See promotional video: Ma motivation (French only)

You have until January 26, 2018 to submit your entry.

Purpose of the Prize

Each year since 2003, the National Assembly of Québec has underscored the richness of political writing in Québec and the talent of authors who excel in the genre. The Prize was created:

  • to encourage authors who write on subjects relating to Québec politics;
  • to spark the interest of parliamentarians and the general public in political works;
  • to foster closer ties between the public, authors and the National Assembly;
  • to increase the public's knowledge of Québec's parliamentary institutions.

Prix de la présidence de l'Assemblée nationale

Description

These prizes will be awarded to the authors of books on Québec politics, based on quality and originality. The National Assembly awards three prizes in this category.

The winner will receive $5,000, and the two runners-up, $1,500 each.

Rules

You may submit an entry if you are an author or co-author of a book written in French or English, dealing partly or entirely with Québec politics, and published between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

It can be an essay, historical or analytical work, narrative, autobiography or biography. It must have been published in book form (i.e., on paper) by a publisher whose head office is in Québec. Government publications, conference proceedings, translations and collective works are not eligible.

The following persons may not submit entries: jury members, Prize Secretariat personnel, Steering Committee members, MNAs and their staff, and the personnel of the National Assembly.

Jury

The jury is composed of at least three independent members chosen for their expertise. It reserves the right not to award a prize.

Prix de la Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant

Description

These prizes are awarded for doctoral dissertations and Masters' theses focussing on Québec politics, in particular our institutions or political figures.

The Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant awards four prizes in this category:

  • a $3,000 prize and a $1,000 prize for doctoral dissertations;
  • a $2,000 prize and a $500 prize for Masters' theses.

Rules

To be eligible, a dissertation or thesis must be about Québec politics, be at least 90 pages in length, be in either French or English, and have been defended or assessed between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

The following persons may not submit entries: jury members, Prize Secretariat personnel, Steering Committee members, MNAs and their staff, and the personnel of the National Assembly. Should fewer than three dissertations or three theses be submitted, the prizes in the corresponding sub-category will not be awarded. The submissions will be deferred to the following edition of the Prix de la Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant.

Jury

The jury is composed of at least three independent members chosen for their expertise. It reserves the right not to award a prize.

Prix Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie | Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères

Description

This prize is awarded to the author of a political text, book, thesis or dissertation that is eligible for the Prix de la présidence de l'Assemblée nationale or the Prix de la Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant. The prize recognizes the author’s contribution to a better understanding of contemporary Québec politics (1960 to the present). The bursary associated with the prize covers the cost of a one-week stay in Paris (including transportation) to allow the winner to attend the Journée du Livre Politique organized by the French National Assembly.

Rules

The book must be written in French or English, dealing with contemporary Québec politics and published between January 1 and December 31, 2017.  It can be an essay, analytical work, narrative, autobiography or biography. Government publications, conference proceedings, translations and collective works are not eligible.

A dissertation or thesis must be about Québec contemporary politics, be at least 90 pages in length, be in either French or English, and have been defended or assessed between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

Works must have been published in printend or electronic form. Entries by authors aged 35 or under will be given priority.

The winner must be available to attend the Journée du livre politique in Paris (usually held in March).

The following persons may not submit entries: jury members, Prize Secretariat personnel, Steering Committee members, MNAs and their staff and personnel of the National Assembly.

Selection Committee

The winner will be chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from Québec’s Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie and  Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères. The selection committee will take into account the recommendations of the Prix de la présidence de l'Assemblée nationale jury and the Prix de la Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant jury.

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