James Fenimore Cooper Prize


The James Fenimore Cooper Prize is awarded biennially in odd-numbered years for a book of historical fiction on an American subject which makes a significant contribution to historical understanding, portrays authentically the people and events of the historical past, and displays skills in narrative construction and prose style. The prize is named in honor of the most famous American historical novelist of the nineteenth century.

The 12th Biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize competition, 2015

Purpose: To honor works of literary fiction that significantly advance the historical imagination. The winner will be chosen for its literary quality and historical scholarship.

Prize: A certificate and two thousand dollars. A certificate will be presented to the publisher. The prize will be awarded at the annual meeting of the society in May, 2015.

Eligibility: The copyright date of the book must be either 2013 or 2014.

Submission: There is no fee for participation. Publishers may submit as many titles as they wish but must send one copy of each book to each of the four jurors, whose names and addresses will be posted here in early autumn of 2014.

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked by January 31, 2015.  Inquiries: amhistsociety@columbia.edu.