sponsored by the Sir Lindsay and Lady May Ride Memorial Fund
administered by the Asian Review of Books

The Hong Kong History Book Prize is a new award for an unpublished manuscript to be awarded in late Autumn 2016. Sponsored by the Sir Lindsay and Lady May Ride Memorial Fund and administered by the Asian Review of Books, the Prize has the short-term objective to catalyse publication of new volumes in the Royal Asiatic Society's series on the history of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, and the longer-term objective of inspiring writers to turn their attention to the region.

The winning submission will receive a publication contract plus a HK$5000 advance against royalties or other remuneration. The Sir Lindsay and Lady May Ride Memorial Fund also provides a publication grant to the selected publisher. Submissions are open immediately and will close in 1 August. The Prize will be awarded in November 2016.

The Prize is administered by John Strickland (Chairman of the Trustees of the Fund), Elizabeth Sinn (Trustee of the Fund and author of Power and Charity, The Early History of the Tung Wah Hospital, Growing with Hong Kong: The History of the Bank of East Asia and Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong) and Peter Gordon (editor, Asian Review of Books).

The panel of judges for the inaugural prize consists of:

John Carroll (Chair), History Department, University of Hong Kong, author of A Concise History of Hong Kong (Rowman and Littlefield and Hong Kong University Press) and Edge of Empires: Chinese Elites and British Colonials in Hong Kong (Harvard University Press).

Kerry Brown, Director, Lau China Institute, King's College, author of CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping (IB Tauris) and The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (IB Tauris).

Mark O'Neill, author of The Miraculous History of China's Two Palace Museums (Joint Publishing), From the Tsar's Railway to the Red Army: The Experience of Chinese Labourers in Russia during the First World War and Bolshevik Revolution (Penguin China) and The Chinese Labour Corps: The Forgotten Chinese Labourers of the First World War (Penguin China).


Details and guidelines are subject to change without notice, so please check back for updates. For further information, please e-mail info@historybookprize.hk.