Rules and Eligibility


To nominate a book, complete and submit the Laura Shannon Prize Nomination Form. Then, submit two (2) non-returnable copies of the nominated work by the stated deadline to the address below. Copies of the books do not need to arrive by the deadline as long as they arrive within a reasonable time thereafter. Please note: Notre Dame faculty may also recommend books for consideration.

  • Nominations for the 2024 Humanities cycle are complete and in final adjudication.
  • Nominations for the 2025 History and Social Sciences cycle are now open and are due by March 1, 2024.

Please contact the prize administrator by email if you anticipate any delay or if you have any other questions about the nomination process.

Non-returnable copies of the nominated work for the Laura Shannon Prize must be submitted to:

Laura Shannon Prize
Nanovic Institute for European Studies
1060 Nanovic Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-7000 USA

Nominate a Book

Rules and Eligibility

Date of publication:

  • For the 2024 prize in the humanities (open for nominations in fall 2022), only books published in 2021 or 2022 will be accepted.
  • For the 2025 prize in history and social sciences (open for nomination in fall 2023), only books published in 2022 or 2023 will be accepted.
  • Publication dates are determined by the date the book is published, not the copyright date printed in the book.

A nominated book must also meet the following list of requirements in order to qualify for the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies:

  • Only publications in English are eligible.

  • Books by current Notre Dame faculty members are not eligible for the Laura Shannon Prize.

  • Authors may only win the Laura Shannon Prize once.

  • Books on single countries will be considered so long as they have clear implications for thinking about Europe as a whole.

  • Translations, anthologies, textbooks, self-published books, memoirs, fiction, poetry, screenplays, performances, posthumous works, and books published in previous editions are ineligible. Critical editions are eligible.

  • Multiple-author works, but not edited collections, are eligible. If a multiple-author book wins, the prize money will be distributed equally among the authors, unless the authors unanimously agree otherwise. One author must visit Notre Dame to lecture and accept the prize, as detailed below.

  • Publishers may nominate up to three (3) books per imprint for each year’s competition and may submit rationales, reviews, and other relevant information for each entry. Authors may nominate their own books. Each nomination should be submitted with a completed nomination form and two (2) non-returnable copies of the nominated work. Final proofs are acceptable. The nominating publisher or author also agrees to submit an additional six (6) books upon request if the nomination makes it to the shortlist in the review process.

  • The author is informed that, if selected, he or she must present an original lecture at the University of Notre Dame and participate in events related to the award ceremony. The Nanovic Institute will provide the author with travel and accommodations. The lecture may also be published by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

  • The publisher or author agrees to submit an author’s photograph and biography and an image of the book cover, with permission to use them in promotional materials, if the author’s book makes the final shortlist of books for the Laura Shannon Prize.

  • The publisher and author agree that the decisions of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies will be final as to all matters, including eligibility, timeliness, and compliance with procedures and selection criteria.