Distinguished Book Awards for 2021

Background: The Society for Military History is soliciting nominations for its annual Distinguished Book Awards for 2021. Established in 1933, the Society is devoted to stimulating and advancing the study of military history. Its membership (today more than 2,600) includes many of the most prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history. The Society encourages research and publication across the whole range of military history (ancient, medieval, and modern, including related popular studies). The Society publishes The Journal of Military History, the leading international scholarly journal of military history.

The Distinguished Book Awards: For the 2021 awards, books published (copyright date) in 2019 and 2020 are eligible. Works previously nominated for the Society’s book awards may be resubmitted provided they were published in 2019. At the discretion of the Committee, nominated books will be considered for one or more 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 (a new category for works that represent a single author’s first monograph)
  • Trade Press
The committee will make its selections for awards by January 15, 2021. The Society will give the awards at its annual meeting in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 18-21, 2021. There, 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 2021 awards by 30 November 2020. Please send a copy of each book for consideration with a letter specifying consideration for the SMH Book Awards to each committee member at the addresses listed below. 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.


William A. Taylor, PhD
Chair, SMH Book Awards Committee

Phone: 325-486-6689 (office)
Email: william.taylor@angelo.edu

SMH 2021 Book Awards
Committee Member Addresses

Bruno Cabanes, Ph.D.
105 South Roosevelt Avenue
Bexley, OH 43209

Jennifer M. Murray, PhD
Department of History
Oklahoma State University
104 Social Sciences and Humanities
Stillwater, OK 74078

David Morgan-Owen, PhD, FRHistS
King’s College London
Please email for address

Andrew Stewart, PhD, CMgr FCMI, FHEA, FRHistS
Flat 117, Millbank Court, 24 John Islip Street
London, SW1P 4LQ, United Kingdom

William A. Taylor, PhD
8162 Iron Horse Drive
Wall, TX 76957