Champlain Society’s Floyd S. Chalmers Award - Updates to Nomination Process in Response to COVID-19

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The Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History

Updates to Nomination Process in Response to COVID-19

 In light of the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, we are making a few changes to the nomination process:

 The deadline has been extended until May 31, 2020.

The adjudication process remains unchanged, and we anticipate awarding the prize at our Annual General Meeting in the fall. Additional details about the AGM will follow. Full details at:



The Champlain Society invites you to submit nominations for the 2020 Chalmers Award!

The Chalmers Award recognizes the best book in Ontario history published in the previous year. An independent panel of three historians adjudicates the award, and the winner will be announced at the annual meeting of the Champlain Society held in the fall. Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as an Inuit carving. 

Submissions are judged on the strength of the arguments presented in the book, the range and significance of the subject, the quality of the research, and the excellence of the literary style. Some categories are not eligible for submission: diaries and volumes of documents (unless accompanied by substantial interpretive material prepared by the editor), textbooks, collections of essays by different authors, books in translation, and bibliographies.

We extend our invitation for nominations of books published in 2019 to publishers, individuals (including authors), non-profit organizations, businesses, and corporations. Full submissions instructions are available on the Chalmers Award page here (

Don't delay! The deadline to submit a nomination is May 31, 2020.


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