How to Submit

ALL COMPETITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT OUR ANNUAL DINNER ON 22 MAY. 

The 60th Annual Francis Parkman Prize Competition.
Purpose:
To encourage and recognize the writing of history as literature.
Prize: A certificate and two thousand dollars. A certificate will be presented to the publisher. The prize 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 The author need not be a citizen or resident of the United States, and the book need not be published in the United States.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 2016; bound galleys or proof 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. Publishers, agents, and authors may submit as many titles as they wish. A copy of each book must be sent by DECEMBER 1, 2016 to each of the four committee members. (Note that the deadline is two months earlier than our traditional date.)
Further information: a list of previous Parkman Prize winners can be found here.
Inquiries to the Society: by email.

The 14th Biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize Competition.

Purpose: To honor works of literary fiction that significantly advance the historical imagination.
Prize: A certificate and two thousand dollars. A certificate will be presented to the publisher. The prize will be awarded at the Society's annual meeting in New York in May.
Eligibility: The Cooper Prize will be awarded in odd-numbered years to a book of historical fiction on an American subject that 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 The author need not be a citizen or resident of the United States, and the book need not be published in the United States. The copyright date of the book must be either 2015 or 2016; bound galleys or proof copies are acceptable as submissions.
Submission: There is no fee for participation and no entry form is required, but submitters must include their contact information--name, address, phone number, and email--with each book or parcel. Publishers, agents, and authors may submit as many titles as they wish, but must send one copy of each book to each of the four committee members. Submissions must be postmarked by December 1, 2016.
Further information: a list of previous Cooper Prize winners can be found here.
Inquiries to the Society: by email.

 

The 57th Annual Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize Competition.
Purpose: To honor dissertations for literary distinction and for making a significant contribution to historical knowledge.
Prize: A certificate, two thousand dollars, and publication by one of out publisher members. A certificate will be presented to the dissertation sponsor. The prize 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. The dissertation must have been defended or the Ph.D. degree received in the previous calendar year, between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. 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 or by the dissertation sponsor. Please submit a digital copy only, preferably in PDF form, and provide complete contact information for the student, including a telephone number and an email address that will be valid as of spring 2017. No formal nomination letter is required. No department may submit more than two dissertations.
Deadline:  Dissertations should be submitted no later than December 31, 2016,  to the Society at amhistsociety@columbia.edu.  
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.