Call for Manuscripts—May 1, 2017 Deadline
About the Contest
The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday have established the California Historical Society Book Award for a book-length manuscript that makes an important contribution to both scholarship and to the greater community by deepening public understanding of some aspect of California history. The prize carries a $5,000 advance and publication in both print and e-book formats by CHS/Heyday, with an awards ceremony, ample promotion, and an author tour throughout the state.
The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote an exciting new literary work in celebration of California’s heritage. The ideal manuscript will inform the minds and delight the imaginations of readers while generating a deeper understanding of California’s rich history. The work must adhere to high scholarly and literary standards and must be lively and engaging to general readers. In addition to conventional works of historical scholarship, other genres will be considered, such as biographies, collections of letters or essays, and creative nonfiction. Works of fiction will not be accepted.
How to Apply
Applications are due by May 1, 2017. Please send the following material to firstname.lastname@example.org in a single PDF:
The jury will consist of a panel of noted historians, scholars, and publishing experts. Potential candidates may be contacted for additional information. The winner will be announced by June 15, 2017. Publication will be approximately one year after a fully completed manuscript and all graphics are accepted.
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|Previous Winners of the California Historical Society Book Award
2016—The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles by Thomas Pinney
2015—Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus
2014—Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California by Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally
2013—Under Spring: Voices+Art+Los Angeles by Jeremy Rosenberg
|About the California Historical Society
The California Historical Society (CHS) is a 140-year-old, nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. We hold one of the top research collections on California history, which includes over 35,000 volumes of books and pamphlets, more than 4,000 manuscripts, and some 500,000 photographs documenting California’s social, cultural, economic, and political history and development, including some of the most cherished and valuable documents and images of California’s past.