The Minister of Foreign Affairs announces a contest for the best foreign language publication promoting the history of Poland and the best Polish language publication on the history of Polish diplomacy. The competition welcomes books published in 2017. Historians are invited to make their submissions until 15 May 2018.

Submissions should be in book form only (academic monographs, popular science publications, or source editions), and have no more than three authors. The contest’s top prize in the category “Best foreign language publication promoting Poland’s history” is worth 10,000 euros. 20,000 zlotys will go to the winning work in the category “Best publication on the history of Polish diplomacy.”

The contest prizes will be awarded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the request of the Historical Diplomacy Council.

How to enter:

In order to enter the competition, please send your book to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by 15 May 2018 (receipt date by the MFA).

Entries must include three copies, if possible accompanied by published reviews, opinions and peer reviews.

This year’s contest is open only to books published in 2017.

Entries must be either submitted by post to the following address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy, Al. J. Ch. Szucha 23, 00-580 Warsaw; with envelopes marked ‘History Contest of the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ or delivered at the MFA Incoming Correspondence Log (entrance from Litewska Street), Monday to Friday, 8.15am. to 4.15pm.

The MFA will not be returning the copies submitted for the contest.

Please contact for any questions about the contest, writing ‘History Contest of the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ in the email subject line.

The entries will be primarily assessed in terms of how their content fits for the purposes of implementing Polish foreign policy.

You can find more information on the contest’s rules in Order n°24 of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of 18 July 2017 on the History Contest of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (with annexes).