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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Selection Process

The George Washington Prize honors outstanding new works on George Washington and his times (i.e., the Revolution and founding era, or circa 1760-1820). Works that reach a broad, non-scholarly public audience, are elegantly crafted, intellectually rigorous, and contribute substantially to the ongoing national conversation about the legacy and meaning of America’s revolution are eligible for consideration. Publishers and authors are invited to submit books that meet these criteria.

The $50,000 Prize is sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Each year the sponsors appoint a jury of three historians or other qualified scholars who are asked to name up to seven finalists. The finalists are announced at Washington College on George Washington’s birthday. A final selection committee made up of two representatives of each of the three sponsoring institutions, plus an independent historian, reviews the finalists and chooses a winner. The winner is announced at a gala dinner honoring the finalists at Mount Vernon in May.

Submissions for the 2018 George Washington Prize must have a date of first publication between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Unpublished manuscripts are not eligible.

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 Prize is November 30, 2017.

Please submit five copies of the book plus author and editor contact information.

Submissions should be sent to: 
George Washington’s Mount Vernon.