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Frederick Jackson Turner Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2015

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, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

The award will be presented at the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, April 7–10.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2016 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 1, 2015.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2015 and before January 1, 2016. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received no later than January 7, 2016. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right)

The final decision will be made by the Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee by February 2016. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee

Patty Limerick (Committee Chair)
Center of the American West
Macky 229/UCB 282
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder CO 80309

Albert S. Broussard
Texas A & M University
History Department
101 Melbern Glasscock Building
College Station TX 77843-4236

Brett Rushforth
College of William & Mary
Department of History
James Blair, Room 330
250 James Blair Drive
Williamsburg VA 23185


DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2015

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