Call for Nominations: 2018 Wiley-Silver Prize for Best First Book in Civil War History

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February 16, 2018
Mississippi, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, African American History / Studies, Slavery

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The Center for Civil War Research is accepting submissions for the annual Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History. The prize will be awarded to the best first book in Civil War history published in 2017.  It recognizes exceptional emerging scholars in the history of the American Civil War. The prize is named for two distinguished former members of the University's History Department faculty, Bell Irvin Wiley and James W. Silver.

The recipient of the Wiley-Silver Prize will receive an invitation to speak at the University’s annual Conference on the Civil War, held in the fall of 2018.  At that meeting, the prize and $2000 will be awarded to the honoree.  

Eligibility: The Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History will be awarded annually to a scholar’s first book or monograph in Civil War history published in the previous year.  For this competition, books published in 2017 are eligible.  Books or monographs published by scholarly or popular presses are eligible.  Except in extraordinary circumstances, textbooks are not eligible, nor are anthologies or edited works.  Results will be announced by August 1, 2018. 

To Submit a Book: The Center and each prize committee member must receive one copy of the book by Friday, February 16, 2018.  Entries may be submitted by publishers or authors.  Each entry must be clearly labeled “Wiley-Silver Prize Entry.” If the book carries a copyright date different from the publication date, publishers must enclose a letter explaining the eligibility of the entry.  For more information and the addresses to send submissions, visit our website:

If you have any questions, please contact us at, or (662) 915-3969. 

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