Announcements and Events
Nominations for the 2019 Colby Award are now open.
The Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations, or international affairs. A $5,000 author honorarium is provided to the award winner in partnership with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and through the generosity of the Pritzker Military Foundation. The winning author will receive the award in a ceremony at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt. and will be invited to an appearance at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Ill.
Please note that some criteria and the timeline for the Colby Award have changed.
To qualify for consideration for the 2019 Colby Award:
- The book must be a FIRST WORK by the author, published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.
- Submission communication must be received no later than November 30, 2018.
- Submissions must include:
- TEN (10) copies of the book;
- Ten (10) copies of this nomination form;
- and a certified or company check in the amount of sixty dollars ($60.00) per submission, payable to: Norwich University Colby Award.
Past Colby Award Winners
- 2018, Steven E. Sodergren, The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865 (LSU Press)
- 2017, David Barron, Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS (Simon and Schuster)
- 2016, Nisid Hajari, Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- 2015, COL Douglas Mastriano, Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne (The University Press of Kentucky)
- 2014, Logan Beirne, Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency (Encounter Books)
- 2013, Thomas P. McKenna, Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam (The University Press of Kentucky)
- 2012, Michael Franzak, A Nightmare’s Prayer (Threshold Editions)
- 2011, Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn (Atlantic Monthly Press)
- 2010, Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.) and Douglas Century, If Not Now, When? (Berkley Caliber 2008)
- 2009, Dexter Filkins, The Forever War (Knopf 2008)
- 2009, Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor (Little, Brown and Company, 2007)
- 2008, R. Alan King, Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq (Zenith Press 2006)
- 2007, Ian W. Toll, Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (W.W. Norton & Company 2006)
- 2007, John A Glusman, Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese 1941-1945 (Viking 2005)
- 2006, Kevin J. Weddle, Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont (University of Virginia Press 2005);
- 2006, Nathaniel Fick, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer (Houghton-Mifflin 2005)
- 2005, Jon Meacham, Franklin and Winston: An Epic Story of an Intimate Friendship (Random House)
- 2005, MG Sid Shachnow, USA (Ret.) and Jann Robbins, Hope and Honor (Forge Books)
- 2004, Bing West and Major General Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.), The March Up (Bantam)
- 2004, Robert L. Bateman, No Gun Ri (Stackpole)
- 2003, Bryan Mark Rigg, Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers (University Press of Kansas)
- 2002, Patrick K. O’Donnell, Beyond Valor (The Free Press)
- 2002, Ralph Wetterhahn, The Last Battle (Avalon Publishing)
- 2001, James Bradley with Ron Powers, Flags of Our Fathers (Bantam)
- 2000, B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley, Stolen Valor (Verity Press)
- 1999, Fred Chiaventone, A Road We Do Not Know (Simon & Schuster)
- 1999, Bill Harlow, Circle William (Scribner)
The Council on America’s Military Past (CAMP) is pleased to announce the Herbert Hart Award for writing Military History.
Col. Herbert Hart, USMC (Ret), was a mainstay of CAMP: official historian, prolific author, and Heliogram editor, in addition to being the executive director who grew the organization and just plain made things happen. Col. Hart, who died in 2015, was one of the nation’s leading authorities on western forts.
CAMP aims to honor Col. Hart and encourage scholarship in this field by inviting undergraduate and graduate students to submit original, previously unpublished, scholarly articles that address a topic at the intersection of American military history and historic preservation. The winner will be awarded $1,000 and, if not already a member, a one year membership in CAMP. His or her article will be featured in a future issue of the Journal of America’s Military Past. All entrants will be offered 50% registration at the next annual conference.
Articles must be no more than 5,000 words, and written in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. One submission per person only, please. Articles submitted must note the entrant’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and academic affiliation. Entries must be emailed to email@example.com by March 1, 2019. Entries will be acknowledged by email and judged by the CAMP Editorial Board within three months.
Articles that meet the criteria can be seen at CAMP’s website, CAMPJAMP.org. A good example of what we are are looking for was a cover story on Custer and Little Big Horn that looked at the battlefield then and now. Other successful stories feature historic military posts, and the men and women who inhabited them. CAMP has a broad definition of military posts, to include historic ships and airplanes.
COLD WAR ESSAY CONTEST
John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
For the fourteenth consecutive year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best-unpublished papers on Cold War military history. The contest recognizes and encourages innovative scholarship on Cold War subjects.
Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges. This year, the Adams Center staff is especially interested in scholarship related to George C. Marshall’s role in the making of early Cold War foreign and national security policy.
Prizes: First place will earn a plaque and a cash award of $2,000; second place, $1,000 and a plaque; and third place, $500 and a plaque.
Procedures: Writers should send their entry electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by Friday, November 16, 2018. Please make your submission as a MS Word document and limit your essay to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in late 2018. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication.
Submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Bradley Lynn Coleman
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
Ms. Deneise Shafer
Online at: http://www.vmi.edu/adamscenter
On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/acmhsa
The Army Medical Department Museum Foundation is pleased to sponsor the 2018 Spurgeon Neel Annual Award competition for the article of 5000 words or less that best exemplifies the history, legacy, and traditions of the Army Medical Department.
Named in honor of Major General (Retired) Spurgeon H. Neel, first Commanding General of Health Services Command (now U.S. Army Medical Command), the award competition is open to all federal employees, military and civilian, as well as non-governmental civilian authors who submit manuscripts for publishing consideration.
The AMEDD Museum Foundation will present a special medallion award and a $1000 monetary prize to the winner, who will be notified in advance, at a Foundation-sponsored event early in 2019.
All manuscripts must be submitted to the AMEDD Museum Foundation, Amedd.Foundation@ameddmuseum.org , by 30 November 2018. At the time of submission, a manuscript must be original work and not pending publication in any other periodical. It must conform to the Writing and Submission Guidance of the AMEDD Journal, and must relate to the history, legacy and/or traditions of the Army Medical Department. Manuscripts will be reviewed and evaluated by a six-member committee appointed by the President of the AMEDD Museum Foundation. The winning manuscript will be selected in December 2018.
Additional detail concerning the Spurgeon Neel Annual Award may be obtained by contacting Mrs. Sue McMasters at the AMEDD Museum Foundation, 210-226-0265.
OAH RESIDENCIES PROGRAMS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Information on the OAH's residencies programs is now available on the OAH website: http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/
Thanks to a generous grant from the Ford Foundation, the Organization of American Historians is pleased to continue the teaching seminar in the People's Republic of China, sponsored by the American History Research Association of China (AHRAC).
Thanks to a generous grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the OAH is pleased to continue the Germany Residency Program at the University of Tübingen. The resident scholar will offer a seminar on a U.S. history topic of his or her design to twenty-five advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
New! Funding from the University of Augsburg will also enable an extension of the program to the University of Augsburg in 2019.
In cooperation with the Japanese Association for American Studies, the OAH cosponsors residencies in Japanese universities for American scholars.
Also, the 2020 Richard W. Leopold Prize announcement is available at: http://www.oah.org/programs/awards/richard-w-leopold-prize/
The Leopold Prize is given every two years to the author or editor of the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography written by a U.S. government historian or federal contract historian.
The Corvisier Prize - Edition 2018
After the great success of its first edition, which saw twenty-six candidatures from ten countries, the International Commission of Military History has launched the 2018 edition of the "André Corvisier Prize for Ph.D. Theses on Military History". The award is named after the distinguished French scholar who was for ten years President of ICMH and then President of Honour. The ICMH is very honoured of receiving from Mrs. Micheline Corvisier her warm appreciation for the institution of the prize.
Like last year, the award will go to a Ph.D. thesis dealing with military history in the broadest sense: the history of warfare and military campaigns, the evolution of military doctrines and technology, the diplomatic dimensions of wars, the economics of defence, the relationship between civil and military apparatus and so on.
The prize will be awarded by a distinguished jury of seven persons, chaired by the President of the ICMH, Prof. Massimo de Leonardis, and including the members of the Executive Board and the President and the Secretary of the Education Committee, Dr. Michael Olsansky and Prof. Michael Epkenhans. The winner will be required to participate to the award ceremony during the XLIV ICMH Congress in Jerusalem next year and write an article to be published on the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, after peer review.
For any further information, visit our new website www.icmh-cihm.org.
Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access press sponsored by leading liberal arts colleges, issues call for works and series
The Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched.
Conceived by an initiative of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of eighty liberal arts colleges across the nation, the Lever Press is made possible by funding commitments from more than forty college and university libraries within and beyond Oberlin’s membership, and run by a partnership of two established scholarly publishers—the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. Lever Press is guided by a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary editorial board of distinguished scholars:
- Darin Hayton, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Haverford College
- Nicolle Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University
- Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies, Grinnell College
- Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Interim Director of the Denison Museum, Denison University
- Frederick Knight, Professor and Chairman of History, Morehouse College
- Karil Kucera, Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies and Chair, Asian Studies St. Olaf College
- Jason Mittell, Professor of Film and Media Culture and American Studies and Faculty Director, Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, Middlebury College
- Mary Crone Odekon, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Skidmore College
- J. Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
- Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History, Hamilton College
- Josephine Wright, Professor of Music, The Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, The College of Wooster
- Exhibit the deep commitment to interdisciplinarity that is native to smaller academic communities where faculty members daily collaborate across field boundaries. We are particularly interested in projects that connect perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities.
- Engage with major social issues facing our communities. Founded on strong ethical and religious principles, liberal arts colleges are the location of important debates about the grand challenges that face our society which we hope to manifest in our publications.
- Blur the traditional lines between “research” and “teaching,” creating resources ideally suited for experiential learning environments. Liberal arts colleges have reinvented the pedagogy of engagement and our publications will reflect that commitment. Among other things, we are interested in projects curated by faculty members that involve undergraduates in the process of creation and highlight their contributions.
Joint Force Quarterly seeks history submissions for its “Recall” Section
Joint Force Quarterly, published by the National Defense University Press, is looking for articles of 2,500 - 5,000 words or less for its Recall section. Recall focuses on historical issues often of contemporary relevance to the joint force. JFQ is the Chairman's joint military and security studies journal designed to inform and educate national security professionals on joint and integrated operations; whole of government contributions to national security policy and strategy; homeland security; and developments in training and joint military education to better equip America's military and security apparatus to meet tomorrow's challenges while protecting freedom today. Instructions for submission of articles is at: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/SubmitaManuscript.aspx. Any questions can be sent to JFQ1@ndu.edu.
WAR AND SOCIETY IN NORTH AMERICA
Several books have been published in this series at Ohio University Press.
- Geoffrey L. Rossano’s edited Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingall’s, America’s First Naval Ace
- Eugene D. Schmiel’s Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era
- Steven M. Baule’s Protecting the Empire’s Frontier: Officers of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment during its North American Service, 1767-1776
- John A. Wood’s forthcoming Veteran Narrative and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War
- military histories of conventional and unconventional conflicts on the North American continent
- studies of peace movements and pacifist attitudes in North America
- biographies of individuals and groups from North America who fought around the world and returned from those wars
- examinations of institutional, political, diplomatic, religious, cultural, economic, or environmental factors that affected warfare on the North American continent
- comparative analyses of military conflicts in North America
CALL FOR WRITERS
Strategies & Tactics Press
We are looking to augment our current pool of writers at Strategies & Tactics Press. Founded in 1967, Strategy & Tactics magazine is the longest continually published military history magazine. In addition to Strategy & Tactics, we also publish World at War, which specializes in the Second World War and Modern War which specializes in Cold War/Current/Future conflicts.
All of periods of military history are desired. For submissions we are looking for the analytical aspect of the certain battle/conflict, not necessarily just the story or personal aspect of the battle (i.e. we focus on the “how and why” questions).
For more information, please contact:
Strategies & Tactics Press
Kyle Lockwood, Senior Editor