Frederick Jackson Turner Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2019

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, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

The award will be presented at the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 2–5.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2020 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, 2019.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2019 and before January 1, 2020. 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 7, 2020. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right)

The final decision will be made by the Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee by February 2020. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation. By applying for this award, you are agreeing to OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. Read our privacy policy here.

Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee

Earl Lewis (Committee Chair)
University of Michigan
Center for Social Solutions
6500 Haven Hall
505 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Raymond Arsenault
767 36th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
[Affiliation: University of South Florida, St. Petersburg]

Erika Lee
University of Minnesota
Department of History
1110 Heller Hall
271 19th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2019

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