The Witold Pilecki International Award. First Edition

The year 2021 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of captain Witold Pilecki. On this occasion, the Pilecki Institute is inaugurating the Witold Pilecki International Award granted for a historical book. The deadline for submissions is June 13.

The award will be granted for books published in the past year in Polish or English in three categories: a scholarly historical publication, historical reportage, or a book of reportage showing the course of contemporary armed conflicts and places of particular threat to human dignity.

The authors of the best books in each category will receive a prize of PLN 75,000 and a commemorative statuette - to be presented at a gala event in November 2021.

The international jury for the award includes historians, Jack Fairweather - war correspondent and author of the biography The Volunteer, Auschwitz Museum Director Piotr Cywiński, and Krzysztof Kosior, the Captain’s great-grandson, representing the Pilecki Family.

The award, whose partner is the Auschwitz Museum, was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage, and Sport.

Applications may be submitted by authors, publishers, or individuals, as well as by natural persons, legal persons, or organisational units without legal personality. The deadline for applications is 13 June.

Details and terms and conditions for the competition are available on the Pilecki Institute website.

source: PAP (Polish Press Agency)