How to apply

Interested in applying for the Walter Owen Book Prize? Please review the eligibility criteria and selection process information:

  • 1Books must have been published within two years prior to awarding the prize.
  • 2Author(s) of the book must consent to have the book nominated. Co-authors are acknowledged as nominees.
  • 3Author(s) may apply for the prize or someone may nominate the book and its author(s).

The Walter Owen Book Prize selection committee will give preference to first editions, unless a new edition offers an extensive and complete revision of the original work. Books of general interest, such as biographies of respected jurists, commissioned works and research in the context of law reform are less likely to be selected than works on topics of current interest or emerging relevance.


Application deadline


The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 15, 2020. This year, we are only accepting French language submissions.


Selection process


The selection committee for the Walter Owen Book Prize consists of eminent lawyers, judges and academics appointed by The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research. The Chair of the selection committee receives all applications.

The Foundation announces the winning author(s) and the book’s title at the end of June each year.

Application requirements
  • Each application must contain a statement of 200 words or less that explains how the book meets the award’s criteria.
  • Each application must include two copies of the book sent via courier to Professeure Martine Valois, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal, 3101, chemin de la Tour, Montréal, Québec, H3T 1J7.
  • If your application for the prize is shortlisted, you will need to supply additional copies of the book to all members of the committee. (Publishers are usually happy to provide such copies.)
  • Submissions must be made with the author’s consent. At the end of the competition, the books will not be returned to the individuals or to the publishing companies that submitted them.