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Political Book Prize

And the winners are...

The names of the winners of the Political Book Prize have been announced! National Assembly Vice-President Mr. Marc Picard presented the awards on Thursday, May 13, during a virtual ceremony.

For the names of the winners, read our press release.

Be sure to watch for details on 2022 submissions.

The contest is open to authors and students who publish a book (i.e., on paper) between January 1 and December 31, 2021. A total of $14,500 in prize money will be awarded.

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 are awarded for books on Québec politics, based on quality and originality. The National Assembly awards three prizes in this category. The winner receives $5,000 and the two runners-up, $1,500 each.

Rules

You may submit an entry if you are an author or a co-author of a book written in French or English, dealing primarily with Québec politics, and published between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

It can be an essay, a historical or an analytical work, a narrative, an autobiography or a biography. The monographs selected will stand out for their analytical nature.

Re-published texts, interviews and autobiographies are eligible only to the extent that the works show evidence of an in-depth critical analysis by the author or co-author.  

Government publications, conference proceedings, translations and collective works are not eligible.

Books need not deal exclusively with Québec to be eligible. However, works whose subject matter is not rooted in the past, present or future political reality of Québec society are not eligible.

The work must have been published in book form (i.e., on paper) by a publisher whose head office is in Québec.

Books whose manuscript has undergone a peer review process are eligible. However, works from online publishing houses, self-published works and books whose publication was subsidized by a sponsor 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 independent jury is composed of at least three 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 political life, political 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 primarily 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, 2020.

Theses and dissertations need not deal exclusively with Québec to be eligible. However, works whose subject matter is not rooted in the past, present or future political reality of Québec society 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.

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 independent jury is composed of at least three 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

Due to reasons beyond our control, the award is suspended for this year.

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.

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