For twenty-two years, the London Hellenic Prize has sought to foster the advancement of public knowledge and interest in Greece and its people, their exploits, culture and history, by awarding a prize worth £10,000.

Over one hundred books are usually received each year from around the globe and every effort is made to ensure that they form the sum of all books published in English on a Greek theme. It is customary that the winner is translated into Greek and published in Greece, completing the Anglo-Hellenic cultural exchange which the Prize was founded to foster.

The Prize will be awarded again this year to a single author or multiple authors of a book fulfilling all the Prize’s criteria.

Eligibility criteria

The book must be:
(a) an original work written in or translated into English; and
(b) on a subject clearly inspired by or relating to Greece or Greek exploits, culture or history at any time from the ancient past to the present day; and
(c) first published during 2018.

Subjects and appeal

Subjects have always been unrestricted and cover the full spectrum of writing. Since its inception in 1996, the Prize has been awarded to books on archaeology, architecture, art, classics, history, literary criticism, religion, social studies, as well as fiction.

Although the Prize will always seek to recognise books which make a remarkable contribution in their field (however specialised) through its Long List, any winner must be able to educate or enthral a broad readership.

Submission requirements

The Prize has no fees or forms although a very brief cover letter with contact details is helpful.

The only submission requirement is that three (3) copies of each book reach us at:
The London Hellenic Prize
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS, United Kingdom

There is no cap on the number of eligible titles submitted.

For each title submitted we must also receive by e-mail:

  • a high-resolution image of the front cover of each book submitted;
  • a link to the book(s) on the publisher’s or author’s website where more information may be obtained and/or copies bought.

This process also helps to confirm the eligibility of submissions and to guarantee that allowances can be made for consignments delayed by adverse weather, etc.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 15 February 2019.

Further announcements

Both the Short List and Long List will be published here in June. The winner will be announced in July. The award ceremony and an exhibition of all submitted books will take place later in the year.