Dissertations successfully defended in calendar years 2012 and 2013 are eligible.
To submit a dissertation for consideration, please first send a one-page letter of inquiry accompanied by a brief prospectus (including chapter summaries), sample chapter, and current CV to: Robert Lockhart, History Editor, University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The deadline for submission of preliminary materials is March 1, 2014. The prize committee will then invite finalists to send complete dissertations for consideration, and the winner will be announced at SHEAR's annual conference in July, where a workshop with the prize committee will also be held. The author will receive a publishing contract, and the manuscript will be published as a volume in the book series Early American Studies, cosponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Press.