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Frederick Jackson Turner Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 3, 2016

The Frederick Jackson Turner Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of a first scholarly book dealing with some aspect of American history.

The rules and terms of the competition are as follows:

  1. Eligible books must be published during the calendar year preceding that in which the award is given;
  2. The author may not have previously published a book-length work of history;
  3. Submissions will be made by publishers, who may submit such books as they deem eligible;
  4. Co-authored works are eligible, as long as neither author has previously published a book of history;
  5. Authors who have previously co-authored a book of history are not eligible.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

The award will be presented at the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6–9.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2017 Frederick Jackson Turner Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below and must include a complete list of the author’s publications OR a statement from the publisher verifying this is the author's first book. No submission will be considered without this proof of eligibility. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 3, 2016.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 3, 2016 and before January 1, 2017. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received no later than January 9, 2017. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right)

The final decision will be made by the Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee by February 2017. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee

Jon Butler (Committee Chair)
148 Malcolm Avenue SE
Minneapolis MN 55414
[Affiliation: Yale University/University of Minnesota, Twin Cities]

Lori D. Ginzberg
4813 Beaumont Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19143-3407
[Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University]

Jonathan Levy
The University of Chicago
Division of the Social Sciences
Department of History
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago IL 60637

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 3, 2016

List of Past Winners