The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the University of Pennsylvania Press invite submissions for the SHEAR Manuscript Prize for 2012. The Prize will be awarded to an exceptional book-length scholarly manuscript pertaining to the history of North America from 1776 to 1861. Within that period, the manuscript may treat virtually any aspect of history, including cultural, political, economic, or social history. Competition is open to any author who has not previously published a scholarly book. Ineligible for consideration are collections of essays, editions of primary sources, or new editions of previously published books.
The author of the winning manuscript will receive a publishing contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press that includes a cash advance, royalties, and an illustrations budget. The book will be published as a volume in the series Early American Studies, sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
To submit a manuscript for consideration, please first send a letter of inquiry accompanied by a brief prospectus, sample chapter, and current CV to:
University of Pennsylvania Press
3905 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The deadline for submission of preliminary materials is March 1, 2012.
Shortly thereafter, the prize committee will invite finalists to send complete manuscripts for consideration, and the winner will be announced at SHEAR's annual conference.
If you would like more information, please email Robert Lockhart.