California Historical Society Accepting Proposals for Book Award

The California Historical Society is accepting nominations for the California Historical Society Book Award, which is given to the author of 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 contributes in an important way 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 such as biography, collections of letters or essays, photographic or artistic studies, creative nonfiction, or other ways of informing the mind and engaging the imagination in an understanding of California’s past will be considered.

The winning manuscript will be published in both print and e-book format, and its author will participate in an awards ceremony, promotion, and an author's tour.

To be eligible, manuscripts should be at least forty thousand words; preference will be given to manuscripts of fewer than seventy-five thousand words. The topic should be broad enough to be of interest to readers in all regions of the state.

See the California Historical Society website for eligibility and application guidelines.

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