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California Historical Society Book Award

Award to a California Author to Publish and
Promote a Book Concerning State Heritage

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California Historical Society (CHS), Heyday

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Award to a California author to publish and promote an outstanding book-length manuscript on state heritage. Applications are invited for manuscripts that make a significant contribution to scholarship, as well as the greater community through deepening public understanding of aspects of California history.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote an exciting new literary work in celebration of California’s heritage. The ideal manuscript will inform the mind and delight the imagination of readers while generating a deeper understanding of California’s rich history. The work must adhere to high scholarly and literary standards and must be lively and engaging to general readers. In addition to conventional works of historical scholarship, other genres will be considered such as biographies, collections of letters or essays, creative nonfiction or other stimulating literary forms.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175308

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The prize carries a $5,000 advance and publication in both print and e-book formats by CHS/Heyday, with an awards ceremony, ample promotion, and an author tour throughout the state.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-The topic should be broad enough to be of interest to readers throughout the state.
-Authors with either manuscripts in progress or finished manuscripts are welcome to apply.
-Manuscripts, when finished, should be at least 40,000 words. While open to other possibilities, preference will be given to manuscripts of fewer than 75,000 words.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due July 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit materials to:

678 Mission Street
San Francisco
CA 94105

P: 415.357.1848
F: 415.357.1850

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California