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Louis Pelzer Memorial Award

The competition for the 2014 award is now closed.  Information on the 2015 award will be available summer 2014.


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  with “2014 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 2014 OAH Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, April 10–13.

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 December 2, 2013.

Manuscripts should be clearly labeled "2014 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Entry" and addressed to:

Edward T. Linenthal (Chair, 2014 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee)
Executive Editor, OAH/Editor, Journal of American History
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 2014. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation, where s/he will receive a cash award and a plaque.

Committee members for the 2014 award are:

Edward T. Linenthal, Executive Editor, OAH; Editor, Journal of American History (Committee Chair)
Jennifer Guglielmo, Smith College
Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph’s University
Susan Brewer, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Shelley Lee, Oberlin College


List of Past Winners