Book Prize Open

We are pleased to announce that the Social History Society Book Prize has reopened.

Our Book Prize recognises innovative scholarship and has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2018.

The prize is awarded by a panel of judges who look for the best original work of social and cultural history. The only stipulations are that the book must be written in English, by a scholar normally resident in the UK, and must be at least the author’s second history book.

The prize is awarded to books published in the calendar year preceding nomination. To be eligible this year, books must have been published in (and dated) 2022.

We have written to presses encouraging nominations, but please do encourage your publisher if you have written an eligible book and would like to be considered. The deadline for nominations is 27 October 2023. Any questions should be directed to

The past winners are Sasha Handley, Hannah Barker, Khaled Fahmy, Lucy Bland, Lucy Noakes and Laura Gowing. You can read more about each winning book on the Book Prize page of our website.