Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Deadline of May 1

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The Massachusetts Historical Society invites submissions for the 2015 Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize. One prize will be offered for a distinguished book in English on the history of Massachusetts published in 2014. The winning entry will be announced at the historical society’s annual reception in Boston in the fall. The author of the title selected will receive a letter of award and a prize of $2,500, and the author and publisher will receive publicity through announcements made by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

All nonfiction historical works representing any period of the history of Massachusetts are eligible for consideration. Works must represent original research. Monographs and edited collections are eligible; if scholarly in nature, the volume should also appeal to the general reader. Works that address a wider geographic region than Massachusetts should make a significant contribution to the history of the Commonwealth. Likewise, biographies should address the life of someone intimately connected with Massachusetts. 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 committee is seeking works of exemplary scholarship written in a clear and engaging style.

Submissions will be accepted from publishers or authors. Please provide three copies of each book by May 1 of the year following the date of copyright. Only books with a 2014 copyright date are eligible for the 2015 prize. Include the name and contact information of the author and the publisher, indicating the submitter. Books should be sent to the Massachusetts Historical Society, Attention: Gomes Prize, 1145 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215. Electronic submissions cannot be accepted. Submissions cannot be returned. Both the author and the publisher of the title selected to receive the prize will be notified of the decision. The committee may choose not to make an award if no submission is considered worthy of the prize. For more information, visit Questions? Contact MHS Research Coordinator and Book Review Editor Kate Viens at or 617-646-0568.

The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize is an annual award that honors the memory of Reverend Peter J. Gomes, a Harvard scholar and a respected and beloved Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society for almost thirty-five years. Reverend Gomes had a deep and enduring interest in the history of his native state, so it is only fitting that this award should recognize exemplary work on a subject that meant a great deal to him.

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