How to Submit

THE NEVINS AND PARKMAN COMPETITIONS ARE NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS.

THE COOPER COMPETITION, FOR WORKS OF AMERICAN HISTORICAL FICTION PUBLISHED IN 2017 OR 2018, WILL ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS BEGINNING IN 2018.

The 61st 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 The author need not be a citizen or resident of the United States, and the book need not be published in the United States.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 2017; 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, 2017 to each of the four committee members below. (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 Parkman Prize Jury:

Philip J. Deloria
2827 Stein Court
Arbor, MI 48105

Karen Halttunen
1613 Chelsea Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Megan Marshall
Parkman Prize Committee
5 Park Road #1
Belmont, MA 02478

Andie Tucher (ex officio)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway
New York, New York 10027

The 58th 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, 2017 and December 31, 2017. 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 2018. No formal nomination letter is required. No department may submit more than two dissertations.
Deadline:  Dissertations should be submitted no later than December 31, 2017,  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.

The 15th Biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize Competition. THIS IS A BIENNIAL PRIZE THAT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS IN AUGUST 2018.
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 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. The copyright date of the book must be either 2017 or 2018; 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 whose names will be listed here in summer 2018. Submissions must be postmarked by December 1, 2018.
Further information: a list of previous Cooper Prize winners can be found here.
Inquiries to the Society: by email.