Frederick Jackson Turner Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2020

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, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The award will be presented at the 2021 OAH Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, April 15–18.

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, 2020.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2020 and before January 1, 2021. 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, 2021. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right)

The final decision will be made by the Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee by February 2021. 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

Joanne Meyerowitz (Committee Chair)
Yale University
joanne.meyerowitz@yale.edu
Applicants should contact by e-mail for mailing address.

James T. Downs
As of August 2020:
Gettysburg College
Department of History
Gettysburg College
300 North Washington Street
Box 401
Gettysburg PA 17325

Sarah E. Gardner
728 7th Avenue
Bethlehem PA 18018
[Affiliation: Mercer University]

Tera Hunter
Princeton University
thunter@princeton.edu
Applicants should contact by e-mail for mailing address.

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2020

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