British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding

The British Academy Book Prize, worth £25,000, is awarded annually for a non-fiction book that promotes global cultural understanding.

About the Prize

Now in its 11th year, the £25,000 Prize is awarded annually for a non-fiction book that has made an outstanding contribution to global cultural understanding for a wider public audience. The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for humanities and social sciences, and eligible books come from the subjects that fall within those disciplines, from archaeology, history and psychology to philosophy, languages and cultural studies.

Nominations for the 2023 British Academy Book Prize will bring together books that demonstrate rigorous original and high-quality research, which are accessible and engaging to read. The Book Prize judges will select a shortlist of up to six books to be announced in September. The winner of the 2023 prize will be announced in November. The 2023 nomination cycle is now open. Details of how to nominate are below.

How to nominate

The jury will be looking for books that are rigorous and evidence-based, that demonstrate original research and are likely to significantly advance public understanding and debate.

Find out how to nominate a book for the British Academy Book Prize 2023 and submit your nomination here.

Key dates

Event with Alia Trabucco Zerán to mark the opening of the 2023 Prize 16 January 2023
Opening of nominations for 2023 Prize 16 January 2023
Closing of nomination period 28 February 2023
Shortlist announcement 12 September 2023
Shortlist event 6 November 2023
Winner announcement 8 November 2023

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