Philosophical Society of Texas Awards of Merit
Philosophical Society of Texas Book Prizes 2019
For a book of fiction and for a book of non-fiction and for a volume of poetry published in 2018
2019 Award Announcement with Republic of Texas 1836 Map and Boundary Description
The Philosophical Society of Texas presents three literary awards annually, each with a $2,500 prize: one for a work of fiction, one for a nonfiction book, and one for a volume of poetry. For the current awards, all entrants must have been published in 2018. A nonfiction work must be about Texas. A fiction or poetry entrant may either be about Texas or have been written by an author who has resided in or who was born within the boundaries of the Republic of Texas as claimed in 1836.
The winning authors will be invited to attend the February 2020 Annual Meeting in Galveston to receive the awards and sign books. Judges may withhold the awards at their discretion.
Publishers must submit 4 copies of each book to be entered by July 15, 2019. No other submission form is required.
The Book Prize was established in 2000 for the best book on Texas published the preceding year. The Book Prize was expanded in 2012 to two separate categories, one for fiction and one for non-fiction. In 2014 the Book Prize was enlarged again to include a category for volumes of poetry, in addition to the existing categories of fiction and non-fiction books.
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Book Award Winners
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2016 Non-Fiction - Ron J. Jackson Jr. and Lee Spencer White, Joe: The Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend 2015
2016 Fiction - Sanderia Faye, Mourner's Bench: A Novel2015
2016 Poetry - James Hoggard, James Hoggard: New and Selected Poems 2015
2015 Fiction - James Magnuson, Famous Writers I Have Known: A Novel 2014
2015 Fiction - Sarah Bird, Above the East China Sea 2014
2015 Non-Fiction - Katie Robinson Edwards, Midcentury Modern Art in Texas 2014
2015 Poetry - Christian Wiman, Once in the West 2014
2014 Fiction - Thomas Zigal, Many Rivers to Cross 2013
2014 Non-fiction - Raúl Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture 2013
2013 Fiction - Ben Rehder, The Chicken Hanger: A Novel, Texas Christian University Press, 2012.
2013 Non-Fiction - Jan Reid, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards, University of Texas Press, 2012.
2012 Fiction - Gerald Duff, Blue Sabine, Moon City Press, 2011.
2012 Non-fiction - Michael Berryhill, The Trials of Eroy Brown:The Murder Case that Shook the Texas Prison System, University of Texas Press, 2011.
2011 - Dan K. Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman, History Ahead: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers, Texas A&M University Press, 2010.
2010 - Emilio Zamora, Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas: Mexican Workers and Job Politics During World War II, Texas A&M University Press, 2009.
2009 - Pekka Hämäläinen, Comanche Empire, Yale University Press, 2008.
2008 - Stephen Fox, The Country Houses of John F. Staub, Texas A&M University Press, 2007.
2007 - Richard B. McCaslin, At the Heart of Texas, 100 Years of the Texas State Historical Association, 1897-1997, Texas State Historical Association Press, 2006.
2006 - Mavis P. Kelsey Sr. and Robin Brandt Hutchinon, Engraved Prints of Texas, 1554-1900. Texas A&M University Press, 2005.
2005 - David La Vere, The Texas Indians, Texas A&M University Press, 2004.
2004 - Randolph B. Campbell, Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State, Oxford University Press, 2003.
2003 - James L. Haley, Sam Houston, University of Oklahoma Press, 2002.
2002 - Hal K. Rothman, LBJ's Texas White House: "Our Heart's Home," Texas A&M University Press, 2001.
2001 - Frank D. Welch, Philip Johnson & Texas, University of Texas Press, 2000.
2000 - Gregg Cantrell, Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas, Yale University Press, 1999.
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