Brooke L. Blower and Sarah T. Phillips Essay Prize

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Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies

The executive editors of Modern American History invite Ph.D. candidates and early-career contingent instructors (no more than two years past the Ph.D. degree) to submit essays for the inaugural Brooke L. Blower and Sarah T. Phillips essay prize competition, which honors the founding executive editors of MAH (2017-2022).

MAH showcases top-quality, emerging research on the history of the United States since the 1890s. The journal is dedicated to publishing academic work that stimulates debate and makes meaningful connections among the subfields of this vibrant and expansive field. In its short history it has come to be ranked among Journal of American History, Diplomatic History, and Journal of Contemporary History in total page views, total homepage views, and total mentions for articles in the past year. 

Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the post-1890 United States. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500.00, and the essay itself will be published in Modern American History (MAH). 

Essays, including footnotes, should be based on original research and analysis, with a total count of between 11,000 and 14,000 words (including footnotes). A cover page, abstract, and the electronic version of the essay should be sent to with “2023 Essay Prize Entry” noted in the subject line. Because manuscripts are judged anonymously, the author’s name, graduate program/home institution, and brief bio should appear only on the separate cover page.

Significance of the subject matter and core claims, literary craftsmanship, and proficiency in the handling of primary and secondary sources are some of the factors that will be considered in judging the essays. The deadline for submitting an essay for consideration is June 1, 2023.  

The final decision will be made by the Brooke L. Blower and Sarah T. Phillips Prize Committee by September 1, 2023. At that time the executive editors of MAH will provide the winning author with details regarding the cash prize and publishing process.

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