MHS Online Auction: 30 September to 13 October

Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 142 years

MHS Awards: Margaret McWilliams Award Program

Link to:
Nomination form | Nominees (2020) | Recipients (2020) | All past recipients

Nomination deadline: Friday, 26 February 2021

The purpose of the Margaret McWilliams Award, one of the oldest literary prizes in Canada, is to encourage the study and interpretation of the history of Manitoba. It was instituted in 1955 by the Manitoba Historical Society as a memorial to Margaret Stovel McWilliams.

Awards of $500 (and a certificate) will be made in each of the following categories:

  • Scholarly History Book
  • Popular History Book
  • Local History Book

Other categories may be added at the discretion of the Manitoba Historial Society.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Submitted materials will pertain to Manitoba history.
  2. Submissions must be published in English or French, either originally or in translation, during the 2020 calendar year.
  3. Submissions must be more than 50 pages in length.
  4. Self-published materials shall be eligible for submission but at least 100 copies must have been published and commercially distributed to the public through well-established channels such as retail stores or an online book-selling website.
  5. The decision of the Manitoba Historical Society as to whether a submission is eligible shall be binding.
  6. Multiple awards in any category may be given in the event of a tie.
  7. Awards will not necessarily be made in every category.
  8. Five (5) copies of each submission must be forwarded with the application form. Submissions become the property of the Manitoba Historical Society and will not be returned.

Effective 1 January 2021, a fee has been waived for all submissions.

For more information about the award and its eligibility criteria, please contact the McWilliam Award Coordinator at or contact the MHS Office.

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Stovel McWilliams (1875-1952)

Page revised: 25 June 2021

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2021 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.