Donald Smiley Prize

The Donald Smiley Prize has been established to honour the life and work of the late, distinguished, Canadian political scientist and former Association’s President, Donald V. Smiley. The prize is awarded every year. 

Rules 2022

  • The prize will be awarded to the author of the best book published in English in French in a field relating to the study of government and politics in Canada.
  • To be eligible, a book may be single-authored or multi-authored. Textbooks, edited books, collections of essays, translations and memoirs will not be considered. 
  • A book can be submitted by the author, the publisher or a member of the jury.
  • A book that has been submitted to the Donald Smiley Prize cannot be submitted to another CPSA book prize in the same year or in a subsequent year.
  • In the case of a single-authored book, the author must be a member of the CPSA in the year the book is considered for the prize (2022). In the case of a multi-authored book, at least one of the authors must be a member of the CPSA in the year the book is considered for the prize (2022). The membership fee, in either of the above cases, must be received at the CPSA Secretariat before the prize submission deadline. 
  • For the 2022 award, a book must have a copyright date of 2021.
  • The deadline for submission of books is December 10, 2021. Books published between December 11th and December 31srt are eligible, provided that members of the jury are informed of the date of mailing. 
  • The winner will be announced at the 2022 CPSA Conference. 
  • The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and the set of books submitted to the CPSA for the 2022 prize.
  • To nominate a book, an electronic or paper copy must be sent directly to each member of the Prize Jury as indicated below and to the CPSA Secretariat. The packages or e-mails must be clearly marked Donald Smiley Prize Entry


Canadian Political Science Association (electronic copy)

David McGrane, University of Saskatchewan (paper copy)
Contact CPSA Secretariat for mailing address.

Jonathan Rose, Queen’s University (paper copy)
Professor & Head
Department of Political Studies
Queen’s University
Macintosh Corry Hall, C 330
68 University Avenue
Kingston, ON, K7L3N6
+01 613 533 6225

Erin Tolley, Carleton University (paper copy)
Contact CPSA Secretariat for mailing address.


2017 Donald Smiley Prize

Offering one of the first sustained studies of the ways in which race is represented in media coverage of Canadian . . .

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