Edward M. Coffman First-Manuscript Prize Competition
The Society for Military History is pleased to announce the 2013 Edward M. Coffman First-Manuscript Prize Competition. Awarded annually, the prize recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement by an author who has not previously published a book-length manuscript. The competition is open to scholars whose work blends military history with social, political, economic, and diplomatic history and to authors of studies centering on campaigns, leaders, technology, and doctrine. The winning author will receive a cash award, a plaque, and, after successful editorial review, a publication contract with the University of North Carolina Press. The winner also will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the Society for Military History annual meeting.
Our most recent winners are:
2011: Kathryn S. Meier, "The Seasoned Soldier: Coping with the Environment in Civil War Virginia"
2012: Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, "Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam"
The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2012; specific instructions are below and available at http://www.smh-hq.org/aboutsmh/awards/awards/coffman.html.
1. The author must be a member in good standing of the Society for Military History.
2. Only English-language manuscripts will be considered; U.S. citizenship is not required.
3. The text of a submitted manuscript must be at least 250 pages in length.
4. Translations are not eligible for consideration unless the author both translated and annotated the manuscript.
5. It is recommended that recently-defended dissertations be revised with publication in mind.
6. Manuscripts under consideration by other presses may be entered into this competition, but if the work is accepted for publication elsewhere during the Prize Committee's deliberations, the author is obligated to notify the committee chair immediately.
1. No later than 1 December 2012, the author must submit a full manuscript, a 4-6-page précis of the same, and a current curriculum vitae to Dr. John Hall, chair of the 2012 Coffman Prize Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The précis must include a statement of the work’s thesis and conclusions, its place in the relevant historiography, and any new or underutilized primary source materials or innovative methodologies that shape it.
2. All submissions must be double-spaced and submitted in PDF format.
3. The Committee will designate the winner on or about 31 January 2013.
4. The Society for Military History will present the Coffman Prize at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society, 14-16 March 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana (http://www.smh-hq.org/conference.html).
Dr. John W. Hall
Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Madison
5133 Mosse Humanities Building
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
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