John H. Dunning Prize

Next Award Year: 2017

The Dunning Prize was created in 1927 by a bequest from Miss Mathilda M. Dunning, stipulating that a prize in American history be established in the name of her father, John H. Dunning. This biennial prize was first awarded in 1929, and has been awarded in odd-numbered years since 1991.

The Dunning Prize is awarded for an outstanding monograph on any subject relating to United States history. The general rules for submission are:

  1. To be eligible for consideration, an entry must be of a scholarly historical nature and must be the author’s first or second book. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
  2. Only books bearing a copyright of 2015 or 2016 are eligible for the 2017 award.
  3. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  4. No more than five titles from any one publisher may be submitted.
  5. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Dunning Award Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.

Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.

Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.