Distinguished Book Awards for 2023

Background: The Society for Military History is soliciting nominations for its annual Distinguished Book Awards for 2023. Established in 1933, the Society is devoted to stimulating and advancing the study of military history. Its membership (today more than 2,300) includes many of the most prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history. The Society, which encourages research and publication across the many specific categories of military history, publishes The Journal of Military History, the leading international scholarly journal of military history.

The Distinguished Book Awards: For the 2023 awards, books published (copyright date) in 2021 and 2022 are eligible. Works previously nominated for the Society’s book awards may be resubmitted provided they were published in 2021. Nominated books should be assigned to one of the following prize categories:

  • American Military History (works by single or multiple authors reflecting original research and original contributions to military history)
  • Non-American Military History (works by single or multiple authors reflecting original research and original contributions to military history)
  • Reference Works
  • Biography and Memoirs
  • First Book (works that represent a single author’s first monograph)
  • Trade Press
The committee will make its selections for awards by January 30, 2023. The Society will give the awards at its annual meeting in San Diego, California on March 23-26, 2023. The author of each prize-winning book will receive recognition at the Society’s annual awards presentation, an award plaque, and a $1000 prize.

The Committee must receive books for consideration for the 2023 awards by September 30, 2022.
Publishers or individuals submitting independently must follow this process for each book they intend to put forward for consideration:
  1. Complete the online submission process which can be found at the following link: https://www.abstractscorecard.com/cfp/submit/login.asp?EventKey=AQSMEIJL
  2. Send a copy of the book to each committee member at the addresses/contact details listed below before September 30, 2022 .
Books must be submitted in physical copy, electronic versions will not be considered. The Committee recognizes the expense to authors and publishers associated with submitting five copies of each nominated book and therefore encourages serious submissions only. Please note that books will not be returned and that only award winners will be notified of selection.

At the discretion of the Committee submissions which are received after September 30, 2022 may be deferred for consideration in the 2024 awards.

Andrew Stewart PhD, CMgr FCMI, FHEA, FRHistS
Chair, SMH Book Awards Committee
Email: andrew.stewart1@anu.edu.au

SMH 2023 Distinguished Book Awards
Committee Member Addresses
Richard Fogarty, PhD
Department of History, University at Albany, SUNY,
1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222  

Lesley Gordon, PhD
Department of History, University of Alabama
255 Ten Hoor, 350 Marrs Spring Road, Box 870212,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001

David Morgan-Owen, PhD
King’s College London
Please email for address: david.morgan-owen@kcl.ac.uk

Debra Sheffer, PhD
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Park University
9002 N. Camden Ave, Kansas City, MO 64154

Andrew Stewart, PhD
15 Alexandra Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire,
OX2 0DD, United Kingdom