George Louis Beer Prize

The 2020 submission deadline has passed. Awardees will be announced this fall.

The American Historical Association offers the George Louis Beer Prize in recognition of outstanding historical writing in European international history since 1895. This prize was established in accordance with the terms of a bequest by George Louis Beer (1872–1920), historian of the British colonial system before 1765, to be awarded annually for the best work on any phase of European international history since the year 1895 that is submitted by a scholar who is a United States citizen or permanent resident. The phrase “European international history since the year 1895” may be understood to mean any study of international history since the year 1895 with a significant European dimension. See the list of past recipients.

The general rules for submission are:

  1. Only books of a high scholarly historical nature should be submitted. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
  2. Only books bearing a copyright of 2020 are eligible for the 2021 prize.
  3. The author must be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Nomination submissions may be made by an author or by a publisher. Publishers may submit as many entries as they wish. Authors or publishers may submit the same book for multiple AHA prizes.
  5. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  6. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Beer Prize Entry.” Print copies preferred unless otherwise indicated. If only e-copy is available, please contact review committee members beforehand to arrange submission format.

Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2021, to be eligible for the 2021 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2021 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2022 AHA annual meeting in New Orleans.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.

This year's submission deadline has passed.

The review committee contact information and prize submission form for the next competition will be posted by March 1 for submissions due May 15.