Bloomsbury-WHA Monograph Prize

About the Diversity in World History Prize

Bloomsbury Academic and the World History Association are delighted to announce the inaugural Diversity in World History First Monograph Prize, in a partnership that seeks to improve the publishing opportunities available for early career scholars in world history, and to diversify the voices of those in the early stages of their career. This new annual prize will consist of an annual book contract, awarded to the candidate with the best proposal in the field of world history according to external reviews and chosen by the WHA committee and Bloomsbury’s editorial team.

Maddie Holder, the Senior Commissioning Editor for History at Bloomsbury, will offer two workshops and Q&A sessions per year focusing on revising PhD theses into monographs, and how to write a good book proposal for an academic press. Authors shall be invited to submit proposals for monographs in the field of world history between 70,000-90,000 words by 23:59 on Thursday 1st September 2022.


We are dedicated to welcoming applications from all backgrounds and identities, enabling Bloomsbury and the global publishing industry to be shaped and enhanced by diverse voices that reflect our culture and society. In this context, diversity encompasses those who have faced challenges in the early stages of their scholarly publishing career due to their:

  • Location
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Religion or beliefs
  • Gender identity
  • Sex
  • Sexuality
  • Class and/or socioeconomic background
  • Caring responsibilities

Applicants need to be WHA members at the time of the submission deadline – to encourage equal opportunity, the WHA will sponsor up to 10 memberships for those who require assistance. Submissions should be sent to the World History Association at

To learn more about the parameters suggested for submission view the workshop with Editor Maddie Holder of Bloomsbury:

2022 Prize timeline:

March 2022: Maddie Holder to hold a virtual workshop on Wednesday, March 30th.  It will be free to access for all.  More information forthcoming soon.

June 2022: Maddie Holder to hold in-person workshop at the WHA conference.

1st September 2022: Proposal submissions deadline to

September- December 2022: WHA committee select shortlist of 5

January-April 2023: Bloomsbury send shortlist proposals for external review

May 2023: Bloomsbury share feedback with proposal authors

June 2023: Bloomsbury and WHA choose winning proposal and announce at WHA conference