The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday have
established the California Historical Society Book Award for a book-length
manuscript that makes an important contribution to scholarship and deepens
public understanding of some aspect of California history. The prize carries a
$5,000 advance and publication in both print and e-book format by CHS/Heyday,
with an awards ceremony, ample promotion, and an author tour throughout the
state. Authors with manuscripts in progress or finished manuscripts are welcome
The work must adhere to high scholarly standards, and must
be lively and engaging to general readers as well. In addition to conventional
works of historical scholarship, other genres will be considered such as
biographies, collections of letters or essays, photographic or artistic
studies, creative nonfiction, or other ways of informing the mind and engaging
the imagination in an understanding of California’s past.
The winner will be announced September 15, 2013. Publication
will be approximately one year after a fully completed manuscript and all
graphics are accepted.