Hong Kong History Book Prize

sponsored by the Sir Lindsay and Lady May Ride Memorial Fund

administered by the Asian Review of Books

The Hong Kong History Book Prize is a new award for an unpublished manuscript to be awarded in late Autumn 2016. Sponsored by the Sir Lindsay and Lady May Ride Memorial Fund and administered by the Asian Review of Books, the Prize has the short-term objective to catalyse publication of new volumes in the Royal Asiatic Society’s series on the history of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, and the longer-term objective of inspiring writers to turn their attention to the region.

The Prize is administered by John Strickland (Chairman of the Trustees of the Fund), Elizabeth Sinn (Trustee of the Fund and author of Power and Charity, The Early History of the Tung Wah Hospital, Growing with Hong Kong: The History of the Bank of East Asia and Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong) and Peter Gordon (editor, Asian Review of Books).

The Committee is pleased to announce an outstanding panel of judges for the inaugural prize:

John Carroll (Chair), History Department, University of Hong Kong, author of A Concise History of Hong Kong (Rowman and Littlefield and Hong Kong University Press) and Edge of Empires: Chinese Elites and British Colonials in Hong Kong (Harvard University Press).

Kerry Brown, Director, Lau China Institute, King’s College, author of CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping (IB Tauris) and The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (IB Tauris).

Mark O’Neill, author of The Miraculous History of China’s Two Palace Museums (Joint Publishing), From the Tsar’s Railway to the Red Army: The Experience of Chinese Labourers in Russia during the First World War and Bolshevik Revolution (Penguin China) and The Chinese Labour Corps: The Forgotten Chinese Labourers of the First World War (Penguin China).

The winning submission will receive a publication contract plus a HK$5000 advance against royalties or other remuneration. The Sir Lindsay and Lady May Ride Memorial Fund also provides a publication grant to the selected publisher.

Eligibility & submissions

All submissions are accepted and eligibility determined at the sole discretion of the Administrative Committee.

Evaluation criteria

In addition to historic merit, intrinsic interest and quality of writing, manuscripts will be assessed for “publishability”, i.e. suitability and potential appeal to publishers and readers as traditionally published and distributed physical books.


Submissions open:                1 April 2016

Submissions close:                1 August 2016

Selection of shortlist:                September 2016

Announcement of winner:        November 2016

Terms and conditions

By submitting the manuscript:

Communications: enquiries may be sent to Peter Gordon, editor of the Asian Review Books, at editor@asianreviewofbooks.com or info@historybookprize.hk.

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The Sir Lindsay and Lady Ride Memorial Fund was established in 2003 and is named after the long-serving Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong and his wife, both founder members of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch. It was given generous initial donations by the Branch and the Trustees of the late Sir Douglas Clague. The Fund aims to subsidise the publication of significant scholarly works on Hong Kong history, society and culture which would otherwise not be commercially viable. These have been published under the imprint of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Studies Series. The first of the 20 books in the Series was published in 2005: Fung Chi Ming’s Reluctant Heroes: Rickshaw Pullers in Hong Kong and Canton, 1874-1954.

The Asian Review of Books is the only Asia-wide publication dedicated to books. Widely quoted and referenced, with an archive of more than two thousand book reviews, provides an unparalleled forum for discussion of key contemporary issues.