How to Submit

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE SOCIETY'S 2021 PRIZES.

The 64th Annual Francis Parkman Prize Honoring Literary Merit in the Writing of American History.

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 The author need not be a citizen or resident of the United States, and the book need not be published in the United States.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 2020; 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, or send it to the Society separately by email. Publishers, agents, and authors may submit as many titles as they wish. A copy of each book must be sent by December 1, 2020 to each of the three committee members and to the Society's office as listed below.
Further information: a list of previous Parkman Prize winners can be found here.
Inquiries to the Society: by email.

THE 2021 PARKMAN PRIZE COMMITTEE:

Nancy Isenberg
990 Stanford Ave.
Apt. #303
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Patricia O’Toole
272 Washington Street
Camden, ME  04843

Heather Thompson
17731 Hamilton Rd
Detroit, MI 48203

For the Society (ex officio):
Sharee M. Nash
202 W 118th St, #4D
New York, NY 10026

 

The 16th Biennial Society of American Historians Prize for Historical Fiction.

Purpose: To honor works of literary fiction on an American theme 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 SAH Prize for Historical Fiction will be awarded in odd-numbered years to a book of historical fiction on a subject involving what is now the United States 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. Textbooks, edited collections, and juvenile books are not eligible. The copyright date of the book must be either 2019 or 2020; 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 or send it separately by email. Publishers, agents, and authors may submit as many titles as they wish, but must send one copy of each book to each of the three committee members and to the Society's office, as listed below. Submissions must be postmarked by December 1, 2020.
Further information: a list of previous winners can be found here.
Inquiries to the Society: by email.

THE 2021 HISTORICAL FICTION PRIZE COMMITTEE:

Linda Gordon
6 Washington Mews
NY, NY 10003

Martha Hodes
50 Park Ave., #4B
New York, NY 10016

Ben Yagoda
618 Parrish Road
Swarthmore PA 19081

For the Society (ex officio):
Sharee M. Nash
202 W 118th St, #4D
New York, NY 10026
 

The 61st Annual Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize in American History

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 our publisher members. 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 between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 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 2021. No formal nomination letter is required. No department may submit more than two dissertations.
Deadline:  Dissertations should be submitted no later than December 31, 2020, 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.