The Society for the Study of French History Book Prize


The Society for the Study of French History Book Prize offers an annual award of £1,000 for a work by an author based in the UK and Ireland, on a topic related to the history of France and the Francophone world in its broadest global context, which is the author’s first sole book publication.

Entries published in 2023 must be received by 22 March 2024 to be eligible for that year’s competition. The winner will be announced at the Douglas Johnson Annual Memorial Lecture the following January. To be eligible for consideration for the prize, the book must:

The winner is selected by the Book Prize Jury, appointed by the Society for the Study of French History Committee. Their decision is then proposed to the Society for the Study of French History Committee and Trustees, who jointly award the prize.


The criteria for judging the prize are the book’s scholarly distinction, the quality of its writing, and its potential significance for historical debates.  

Notes for submissions 

Authors and/or publishers are invited to submit books published in 2023 for the 2024 award. 

The Society is committed to upholding values of equality, diversity, and inclusion. It welcomes eligible submissions from the widest possible range of authors and publishers.

Authors and publishers are asked to ensure submissions comply with the eligibility requirements. Any questions may be sent to SSFH Secretary Dr Luc-André Brunet:

To complete the submission per title, authors and/or publishers are required submit a pdf of the completed eligible book by 22 March 2024. Submissions should be sent to AAFH Secretary Dr Luc-André Brunet: