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Frederick Jackson Turner Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 2, 2017

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, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The award will be presented at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2018 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 2, 2017.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 2, 2017 and before January 1, 2018. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received by each committee member postmarked no later than January 8, 2018. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right)

The final decision will be made by the Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee by February 2018. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee

Nancy F. Cott (Committee Chair)
Harvard University
Department of History
Robinson Hall Room 211
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA 02138-3880

Barbara Krauthamer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
514 Goodell Building
140 Hicks Way
Amherst MA 01060

Aaron Sachs
Cornell University
Department of History
450 McGraw Hall
Ithaca NY 14853

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 2, 2017

List of Past Winners