David J. Langum,
Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction
A prize to encourage and reward excellent American historical
fiction is a natural element in our effort to make the rich history
of America accessible to the educated general reader. The David J.
Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction is offered annually
to the best book in American historical fiction that is both
excellent fiction and excellent history. You may
view the guidelines furnished
to our readers and also used by the selection committee. Any press may publish the
work, with the exceptions that the book may not be self-published or
published by a subsidized publisher.
A prize and $1,000 honorarium is awarded every year for the best
book in American Historical Fiction published in the preceding year.
The Trust purchases many books and distributes them to the Selection
Committee. However, any publisher or author may ensure our
consideration by submitting a copy directly to us at the address
indicated on our Contact page. The general deadline is December 1st
for the entire year. If we wish to consider a book published in
December we will ask the publisher for an advanced reading copy or
proof pages. View Past Prize Winners. We issue shortlists of
contenders in July and January of each year.