The John Gilmary
Shea Prize

The Shea Prize at a Glance

Please be sure to consult the submission rules and the rest of the information on this page for the full award requirements.
What it is:

The Shea Prize honors a book that has made the most “original and distinguished contribution” to the history of the Catholic Church.

What works are eligible:

Any book with a 2019 imprint date.





Winner announced:

Fall 2020

Submission instructions:

Complete the online form and have three hard-copy versions of your work available for postal mailing.

Submission deadline: July 1, 2020 

About the Shea Prize

The John Gilmary Shea Prize is given annually to the author of a book, published during a preceding twelve-month period, which is judged by a committee of experts to have made the most original and distinguished contribution to knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church.

Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible. The award consists of $1,500.

Prize Committee



You may apply for the Shea Prize before we announce the chair. Please check back often so that you will know whom to mail the third copy of your book to.


Una Cadegan
Department of History
University of Dayton
Humanities 400
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 – 1540



A. Katie Stirling-Harris
SSH 3233
Davis, CA 95616

Submission Rules

The general rules for submission are:

  1. The book must have been published in 2019.
  2. The author must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
  3. The submitter must send a hard copy of the book to the each of the three award judges. Their contact and mailing information is provided on the submission form.

Submission deadline: July 1, 2020