Joseph L. Peyser Prize for New France History

Recognizing the book making the most significant contribution to the study of New France.



This biennial award recognizes a published work that makes a significant contribution to the understanding of, and dissemination of knowledge about, the history and culture of New France—broadly defined to include the Great Lakes region, Southwest, the French Caribbean—and the Indigenous people with whom the French interacted therein. Books and book-length works in English (including works of translation published in North America), published in the calendar year prior to the Award conferral are eligible for consideration.


Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2025, through December 31, 2025.

Submission Process

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2026 Joseph L. Peyser Prize for New France History,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2025.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2025, and before January 1, 2026. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be sent to each committee member postmarked no later than January 7, 2026.

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

Please mail submissions to the committee members listed below:

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