John Winthrop Prize

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February 1, 2021
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Local History, Native American History / Studies

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts is pleased to announce a bi-annual award for the best work dealing with the history and cultures of the peoples who shaped the region now known as New England in times leading up to and including the seventeenth century.


The first award will be for works published in the calendar years 2019 and 2020.  The initial prize will be $1250. 


The Society is seeking works of exemplary scholarship written in a clear and engaging style.  All nonfiction historical works published over a two year period and focus on the history and cultures of the peoples of New England are eligible.  Broader works which make an important contribution to New England history, and biographies that address the life of someone closely connected with the region are also eligible.  Works must represent original exemplary scholarship and be written in a clear and engaging style. Monographs and edited collections are eligible. 


Books for children’s and young adult audiences, textbooks, genealogies, and books that are primarily journalism will not be considered. Self-published works and re-publications are not eligible. The volume should have an appeal to the general reader.


For information on how to submit works for consideration contact Dr. Francis J. Bremer (

Contact Info: 

Dr. Francis J. Bremer