Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies

The Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies (formerly the ASEEES Orbis Book Prize), established in 1996 and sponsored by the Kulczycki family, former owners of the Orbis Books Ltd. of London, England, is awarded annually for the best book in any discipline, on any aspect of Polish affairs, published in the previous calendar year. The Kulczycki Book Prize carries a cash award. The award is presented at the ASEEES Annual Convention.


Rules of eligibility for the Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies competition are as follows:

    • The publication date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication. For example, the book must have been a publication date of 2023 to be eligible for the 2024 competition. If no publication date is listed, the copyright date will be taken as the publication date.
    • The book must bein the form of a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors.
    • The book must be published originally in English.
    • The book must be published outside of Poland.
    • Authors may be of any nationality.
    • Strong preference will be given to works by first-time authors.
    • The book may be in any discipline, dealing with any aspect of Polish affairs but must be predominantly on Polish studies.
    • Textbooks, translations (including self-translations), bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.
    • Self-published works are ineligible.
    • Previous winners of the Kulczycki/Orbis Book Prize are ineligible. 

Nominating Instructions

A book can be nominated by the publisher or the author only. The nominator (publisher or author) is responsible for sending copies of the book to the prize committee members.

Fill out and submit this form to notify the Association of your intent to nominate a publication for the Kulczycki Book Prize. As of 2020, books may only be nominated for two prizes (eg this prize and one other.)

Send one copy of eligible monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below). The nomination form must be submitted by no later than April 15. And books must be received by no later than May 15. (Books not received by the deadline may not be considered.)

Submissions should be clearly marked “ASEEES Kulczycki Book Prize Nomination.” 

Please direct questions to aseees-prizes@pitt.edu.

The winner of the 2024 Kulczycki Books Prize in Polish Studies will be chosen by the following scholars:

Kathryn Ciancia, U of Wisconsin-Madison, 2022-2024 (Chair)
Print books are preferred. Please email aseees-prizes@pitt.edu for the mailing address.
Where needed, ebooks will be accepted. They can be sent to: ciancia@wisc.edu

Stanley Bill, U of Cambridge (UK), 2024-2026
Print books are preferred. Please email aseees-prizes@pitt.edu for the mailing address.
Where needed, ebooks will be accepted. They can be sent to: sb2054@cam.ac.uk

Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford U, 2023-2025
Ebooks are preferred. Please email them to: amgbusse@stanford.edu


(for customs use): Please mark the nominated books as "gift" to alert Customs that this is not a commercial shipment/to insure the recipient does not have to pay for the items.

*The committee members are selected in consultation with the Polish Studies Association.