2019 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize

How to Apply: Guidelines and Application Form for Authors and Publishers

The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize rewards the very best non-fiction writing on Russia.  Worth £5,000 to the winner, the Prize was created to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world. The prize is for a book published in English, but translations from other languages, including of course Russian, are encouraged and actively sought.

The Pushkin Prize is generously supported by Douglas Smith (author and winner of the inaugural award in 2013) and Stephanie Ellis-Smith and the Polonsky Foundation. For the first year we are delighted to welcome the London Russian Book Club as an additional sponsor.

A shortlist of six books is announced in spring, followed by an awards ceremony and dinner in early summer when one overall winner will be announced and, at the discretion of the judges, a subsidiary prize for Best Book in Translation might be awarded. The winning author will receive a total prize of £5,000. The winning author and translator(s) of Best Book in Translation share a prize of £2,000.

Publishers and authors are now invited to use the form below to submit non-fiction titles about Russia or the Russian-speaking world – published between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018. Submissions must be received by 31 December 2018.

Books should be readable, scholarly and accessible to the non-specialist reader.

  • The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2018. Each submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form. If finished copies are not available, bound proofs may be submitted in the first instance, on the condition that they are of good quality and that their content reflects that of the final book. If proofs are submitted, final copies should be sent in as soon as they are available.

  • Seven copies of each entry must be submitted to Rebecca Ostrovsky at Pushkin House and not directly to the judges. In the event that a book is shortlisted, publishers will be required to provide further copies gratis for promotional purposes.

  • An electronic version of each entry must also be provided (for distribution to the book prize judges only) along with book jacket and author/translator images. Please send these to rebecca.ostrovsky@pushkinhouse.org.uk

  • No books submitted by publishers or called in by the judges will be returned to the publishers.


If you have any questions about the Prize or eligibility, please email Rebecca Ostrovsky: rebecca.ostrovsky@pushkinhouse.org.uk

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