How to Submit

Information on how to submit for the 2025 Parkman, Nevins, and Historical Fiction Prizes will be posted here later this summer.


The 68th Annual Francis Parkman Prize Honoring Literary Merit in the Writing of American History IS CLOSED.

Purpose: To encourage and recognize the writing of history as literature.

Prize: The prize, which includes a check for two thousand dollars, will be awarded at the Society's annual meeting in New York in May.

Eligibility:  The Parkman Prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction book, including biography, that is distinguished by its literary merit and that 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 The author need not be a citizen or resident of the United States, and the book need not be published in the United States.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 not eligible. The copyright date of the book must be 2023; bound galleys or advance reader copies are acceptable as submissions.

Submission: There is no fee for participation and no formal entry form is required, but submitters must include their contact information--name, address, phone number, and email--with each book or parcel, or send it to the Society separately by email. Publishers, agents, and authors may submit as many titles as they wish. SUBMISSIONS POSTMARKED LATER THAN DECEMBER 1 WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Further information: a list of previous Parkman Prize winners can be found here. 

Inquiries to the Society: by email



The 64th Annual Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize in American History IS CLOSED

Purpose: To honor dissertations for literary distinction and for making a significant contribution to historical knowledge.

Prize: The prize, which includes a check for two thousand dollars and publication by one of our publisher members, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the society in New York in May.

Eligibility: The society defines history broadly and welcomes manuscripts on American arts, literature, and science, as well as biographical studies of Americans in any walk of life; dissertations will be judged on the basis of literary merit as well as scholarly distinction. The dissertation must have been successfully defended between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023.  Dissertations already accepted for publication are not eligible for the Nevins prize.

Submission: Dissertations should be submitted by the chair of the department awarding the degree. Please submit a digital copy only, preferably in PDF form, and provide complete contact information for the author, including a telephone number and an email address that will be valid as of spring 2024. No formal nomination letter is required. No department may submit more than two dissertations.

Deadline:  Dissertations should be submitted no later than December 31, 2023, to the Society by email.

Further information: A list of our publisher members and of previous Nevins Prize winners can be found here. Inquiries may be directed to the Society by email.