Best Edited Collection (2024)

Description: This prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly, edited collection of articles on a Canadian subject that best advances our knowledge and understanding of Canada and Canadian Studies. It recognises the fact that much important work in the interdisciplinary field of Canadian Studies appears in the form of edited collections. This prize is intended to recognize work written by members of the CSN.

Award: The winning collection will be awarded a $150 prize to be shared at the discretion of the editors in the case of joint editorship.

Nomination: At least one editor of the collection must be a member in good standing of the CSN. The CSN encourages all editors to join the association and to participate in its activities. The completed application must be submitted to the Canadian Studies Network no later than 15 May. Nominations are to be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once the nomination package has been received, the CSN-REC administrator will arrange for the required number of paper copies of the book (minimum of three) to be sent by the publisher to those on the CSN Selection committee. The publisher will have two weeks to arrange shipment.

Eligibility: The collection may be edited by one or more editors, focused primarily on Canada. Works comprising essentially previously published texts (such as collections of poetry, novels and plays) are not eligible, nor are works in translation. Journals, including theme issues or volumes, special issues etc. are not eligible. A collection may be nominated only once.

The application must include the following:
1. Curriculum vitae for all editors
2. A letter of support from the nominator (may be an editor)
3. Complete information on the publisher

Please note that any member in good standing of the CSN may submit a book published within the preceding two years (2022-24).

Selection: A three-member interdisciplinary panel composed of CSN-RÉC members will select one winner and when appropriate, an honourable mention. The selection panel reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year. The winner will normally be announced by the CSN at the annual fall AGM. There will be no appeals of the panel's decision. The publisher of the winning book is permitted to mention this prize in any publicity related to its publication.


Previous winners of this prize

Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory, and Futures in Canada, edited by Ronald Cummings and Natalee Caple (MQUP)

Unsettling The Great White North: Black Canadian History, edited by Michele A. Johnson and Funké Aladejebi (University of Toronto Press)

On the Other Side(s) of 150: Untold Stories and Critical Approaches to History, Literature, and Identity in Canada, edited by Linda M. Morra & Sarah Henzi (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

The Nature of Canada, edited by Colin M. Coates and Graeme Wynn (On Point Press, a UBC Press imprint)

Reading between the Borderlines: Cultural Production and Consumption across the 49th Parallel, edited by Gillian Roberts (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

Asian Canadian Studies Reader, edited by Roland Sintos Coloma and Gordon Pon (University of Toronto Press)

Powering Up Canada A History of Power, Fuel and Energy from 1600, edited by Ruth Sandwell (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics, and Memory, edited by Arn Keeling and John Sandlos (University of Calgary Press)