Book Prize

The Donna Coates Book Prize (named after a leading scholar of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies) is usually awarded annually to a monograph published by an Early Career Researcher (someone who is within eight years of being awarded their Ph.D. or six years from their first academic appointment) and/or someone who has published their first book which also looks at least two countries of the focus of the network, i.e. Australia and Canada or Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand etc., and is published in the year in which the prize is promoted, so for this year’s prize, 2022. The prize is open to all disciplines. Unlike many existing book prizes, submissions are not confined to permanent residents or citizens of the three countries. The prize is open to anyone in the world.

An international adjudication committee will decide which book the prize will be awarded to. Winners of the prize will receive GBP150, have their book featured on the ACNZSN website, included in the ACNZSN fortnightly newsletter, and promoted on social media, specifically Facebook and Twitter.

Submissions for the prize should include three hardcopies of your book (electronic copies will be accepted if this is not possible) and a cover letter which includes your contact details and institutional affiliation if any, and a short two page CV. Cover letters and CVs should be sent to: Please also ask the publisher of your book to request the addresses to which hardcopies of the book should be sent at this email address too.

Any questions or queries about the prize should be sent to Dr. Jatinder Mann at the above email address as well.

Deadline: 31 December 2023

Announcement of winner by: 30 June 2024


The winner of the 2022 prize is Jarrod Hore’s Visions of Nature: How Landscape Photography Shaped Settler Colonialism (Oakland: University of California Press, 2022)! 🙂

The winner of the inaugural prize is James Keating’s Distant Sisters: Australasian Women and the International Struggle for the Vote, 1880-1914 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020)! 🙂