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The Holt Prize

The Holt Prize is a biennial publishing award which recognises excellence in unpublished legal works of an academic or practical nature. The manuscript must be the author's first published work. The winner of the Holt Prize is awarded a $12,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with The Federation Press.

The prize is named after the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of The Federation Press, who gave many notable academics their first publishing opportunity.

2021 Judging panel

We choose a new panel every year made up of eminent judges, lawyers and academics. The 2021 panel are:

  • The Hon Justice Susan Crennan AC QC
  • Professor Mark Aronson of the University of NSW
  • Perry Herzfeld SC of the NSW Bar.

Conditions of Entry

  • The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2021.
  • Entrants must be residents of Australia.
  • The manuscript must be the entrant's first authored book, however entrants may have edited books and authored chapters within books.
  • The manuscript submitted with the entry form should be a legal work of an academic or practical nature. It is acceptable for the book to be any of the following: a scholarly text, a student textbook or a text for legal practitioners.
  • The manuscript must be a minimum length of 80,000 words and a maximum of 120,000 words, including footnotes, endnotes and references.
  • The manuscript must be an original work and entirely by the entrant.
  • It cannot be under consideration by any other publisher or award.
  • No more than 10% of the manuscript can have been previously published in print form, or in electronic form.
  • The Federation Press will publish the winning entry, and may offer to publish any other entry they feel is of suitable merit.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The judges shall have the discretion to divide the prize equally between authors of entries they consider to be of equal merit. If, in their opinion, no entry is worthy of the prize, no winner shall be chosen.
  • Each entrant is required to agree to the above conditions of entry.
  • Breach of any conditions of entry will render an entry invalid.

Submission Process

Please submit your manuscript and Entry form in PDF format, to
Alternatively, you may post a printed copy of your manuscript, synopsis and entry form to:

The Holt Prize
The Federation Press
PO Box 6178
Alexandria NSW 2015

We will acknowledge all entries in writing.

Find out more information about our past winners.

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