The shortlist for the 2021 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize is as follows:
- Colls, R. (2020) This Sporting Life: Sport and Liberty in England 1760-1960. Oxford University Press.
- Winch, J. and Parry, R. (2020) Too Black To Wear Whites: Krom Hendricks, The Remarkable Story of a Cricket Hero Rejected by the Empire. Pitch Publishing.
- Tate, S. (2020) A History of the British Sporting Journalist, c. 1850-1939 - James Catton: Sports Reporter. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Tomlinson, A. (2020) Sir Stanley Rous and the Growth of World Football: An Englishman Abroad. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Donaldson, P. (2020) Sport, War and the British, 1850 to the Present. Routledge.
- Taylor, M. (2020) Sport And The Home Front: Wartime Britain At Play, 1939-45. Routledge.
The winner will be announced during the BSSH's annual conference on Thursday 26 August 2021.