Francis Parkman Prize


The Francis Parkman Prize is awarded annually for the best nonfiction book on an American theme published the previous year. The award is named for Francis Parkman, whose monumental work, France and England in North America (7 vols., Boston: Little, Brown, 1865–92), was widely praised for its literary elegance as well as its historical importance.

The 57th Annual Francis Parkman Prize Competition, 2014

Purpose: To stimulate the writing of history as literature.

Prize: A certificate and two thousand dollars, and consideration for adoption in the History Book Club. A certificate will be presented to the publisher. The prize will be awarded at the society's annual meeting in New York in May, 2014.

Eligibility:  The Parkman Prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction book, including biography, that is distinguished by its literary merit and makes an important contribution to the history of what is now the United States. The author need not be a citizen or resident of the United States, and the book need not be published in the United States. Textbooks, edited collections, bibliographies, reference works, and juvenile books are ineligible. The copyright date of the book must be 2013.

Submission: There is no fee for participation. Publishers may submit as many titles as they wish. A copy of each book must be sent by January 31, 2014 to each of the four jurors:

Prof. Hasia Diner
Department of History
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012

Prof. Lawrence N. Powell
2310 Metairie Court
Metairie, LA 70001

Prof. Martha A. Sandweiss
Department of History
136 Dickinson Hall
Princeton University
Princeton NJ 08544-1017

Prof. Andie Tucher
Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

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