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Louis Pelzer Memorial Award

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Louis PelzerThe Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee of the Organization of American Historians invites candidates for graduate degrees to submit essays for the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award competition. Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the Journal of American History.

Essays, including footnotes, should not exceed 10,000 words. The electronic version of the essay should be sent to jahms@oah.org with “2017 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Entry” noted in the subject line, and one hard copy should be submitted to the address below. Because manuscripts are judged anonymously, the author’s name and graduate program should appear only on a separate cover page.

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

The winning essay will be published in the Journal of American History.

Significance of the subject matter, literary craftsmanship, and competence in the handling of evidence are some of the factors that will be considered in judging the essays. The deadline for submitting an essay for consideration is November 30, 2016.

Manuscripts should be clearly labeled "2017 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Entry," postmarked by November 30, 2016, and addressed to:

Stephen D. Andrews, Interim Executive Editor, OAH/Interim Editor, Journal of American History
(Chair, 2017 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee)
Journal of American History
1215 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington IN 47401

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

Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee

Stephen D. Andrews, Interim Executive Editor, OAH/Interim Editor, Journal of American History (Chair)
Lauren Araiza, Denison University
Shelley Lee, Oberlin College
Margot Minardi, Reed College
Christopher W. Wells, Macalester College

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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