Call for Nominations: Stowe Prize for Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Stowe Prize For Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice.
The Stowe Prize recognizes a United States author whose written work has made a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society. Named in honor of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the $10,000 Stowe Prize was established to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2011 and is awarded biennially. Previous winners include Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. (See website for background information on the 2011 and 2013 Prizes, including information on factors that led to the selection.)
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin changed how Americans thought about slavery, galvanizing the antislavery movement and widening the divisions that led to the Civil War. Translated into seventy languages, Uncle Tom’s Cabin remains an international classic, read for its powerful portrayal of the struggle for freedom. It is in this tradition that the winner of the 2015 Stowe Prize will be chosen.
To propose a nominee, complete and return the nomination form, available at HarrietBeecherStowe.org. Self-nominations are accepted. In addition, please send one copy of the nominated work to:
Attn: Stowe Prize
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Submissions must be postmarked by September 8, 2014. The Stowe Prize winner will be announced in January 2015 and awarded in June 2015.
For further information, please contact: StowePrize@StoweCenter.org.
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