"That which unites also divides and the first object of statecraft is to stop things from getting out of hand.”
--Lionel Gelber (Preface to Crisis in the West, 1975)

Rules (Revised September 2013)


  1. 1. All entries must be written in English and published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. Entries which have been originally published in another language between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 and have been translated into English and published in English between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 will be eligible.


  2. Deadline for submission is 31 October 2013. Books published between 31 October 2013 and 31 December 2013 may be submitted in galley form.


  3. A $50.00 per-entry handling fee is required. This amount should be made payable to the University of Toronto by cheque or money order.


  4. Each submission should deal with significant issues in foreign relations. Priority is given to books that provide information to the general audience through new perspectives and analysis.


  5. A collection of essays by one author is considered eligible if the essays are on a single theme. The work must not have been substantially reproduced elsewhere.


  6. Biographies, autobiographies and historical works are appropriate entries, if the majority of the text provides new awareness of, or insights into, the field of international relations.


  7. Posthumously published works are not eligible.


  8. A work by co-authors, if there are no more than two, is acceptable provided the whole work is integrated and coherent.


  9. The rules for eligibility shall be interpreted and may be revised from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors of The Lionel Gelber Prize Board.


  10. Any subsequent printing of the prize winning book in hard or soft cover must identify the book and the author as the 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize Winner.


  11. The author of the winning book will deliver a public lecture, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada.


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