The California Historical Society is accepting nominations from authors for the California Historical Society Book Award for a book-length manuscript that deepens public understanding of some aspect of the state’s history.
A cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded for a manuscript that makes an important contribution to California historical scholarship and adheres to high scholarly standards while being lively and engaging to general readers. In addition to conventional works of historical scholarship, other genres, including biographies, collections of letters or essays, photographic or artistic studies, and creative nonfiction, will be considered.
The winning manuscript will be published in both print and e-book form and will be featured at an awards ceremony, in various promotional channels, and via an author tour around the state.
To be eligible, manuscripts should be at least 40,000 words. Preference will be given to manuscripts of fewer than 75,000 words. In addition, the topic should be broad enough to be of interest to readers across the state.
See the California Historical Society website for eligibility and application guidelines.