Philosophical Society of Texas Awards of Merit

Philosophical Society of Texas Awards of Merit 2017

$2,500 each
For a book of fiction and for a book of non-fiction and for a volume of poetry published in 2016

Publishers are invited to submit fiction and non-fiction and poetry entries for the 2017 Awards of Merit, for books published in 2016. The book must be about Texas OR the author must have been born in or have resided within the boundaries claimed by the Republic of Texas in 1836.

Publishers must submit 4 copies of each book, published in 2016, to be entered. If the book is not about Texas, a statement should accompany the submission regarding the year(s) the author resided in the area claimed by the Republic of Texas in 1836. No other submission form is required. Entries must be received by June 30, 2017.

2017 Award Announcement with Republic of Texas 1836 Map and Boundary Description

The award was expanded this year to include a category for volumes of poetry, in addition to the existing categories of fiction and non-fiction books. This award was established in 2000 and expanded in 2012 to two separate categories, one for fiction and one for non-fiction.

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Award of Merit Winners

 (Click on book images for ordering and more information.)

Joe: The Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend2016 Non-Fiction - Ron J. Jackson Jr. and Lee Spencer White, Joe: The Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend 2015

Mourner's Bench: A Novel2016 Fiction - Sanderia Faye, Mourner's Bench: A Novel2015

James Hoggard: New and Selected Poems2016 Poetry - James Hoggard, James Hoggard: New and Selected Poems 2015

Famous Writers I Have Known: A Novel2015 Fiction - James Magnuson, Famous Writers I Have Known: A Novel 2014

Above the East China Sea2015 Fiction - Sarah Bird, Above the East China Sea 2014

Midcentury Modern Art in Texas2015 Non-Fiction - Katie Robinson Edwards, Midcentury Modern Art in Texas 2014

Once in the West2015 Poetry - Christian Wiman, Once in the West 2014

Many Rivers to Cross2014 Fiction - Thomas Zigal, Many Rivers to Cross 2013

A World Not to Come2014 Non-fiction - Raúl Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture 2013

The Chicken Hanger2013 Fiction - Ben Rehder, The Chicken Hanger: A Novel, Texas Christian University Press, 2012.

Let the People In2013 Non-Fiction - Jan Reid, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards, University of Texas Press, 2012.

Blue Sabine2012 Fiction - Gerald Duff, Blue Sabine, Moon City Press, 2011.


The Trials of Eroy Brown 2012 Non-fiction - Michael Berryhill, The Trials of Eroy Brown:The Murder Case that Shook the Texas Prison System, University of Texas Press, 2011.

History Ahead 2011 - Dan K. Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman, History Ahead: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers, Texas A&M University Press, 2010.

Claiming Rights 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.


Comanche Empire 2009 - Pekka Hämäläinen, Comanche Empire, Yale University Press, 2008.

Country Houses 2008 - Stephen Fox, The Country Houses of John F. Staub, Texas A&M University Press, 2007.

At the Heart 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.


Engraved Prints of Texas 2006 - Mavis P. Kelsey Sr. and Robin Brandt Hutchinon, Engraved Prints of Texas, 1554-1900. Texas A&M University Press, 2005.

The Texas Indians2005 - David La Vere, The Texas Indians, Texas A&M University Press, 2004.

A History of the Lone Star State2004 - Randolph B. Campbell, Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State, Oxford University Press, 2003.


Sam Houston2003 - James L. Haley, Sam Houston, University of Oklahoma Press, 2002.

Our Heart's Home2002 - Hal K. Rothman, LBJ's Texas White House: "Our Heart's Home," Texas A&M University Press, 2001.

Philip Johnson and Texas2001 - Frank D. Welch, Philip Johnson & Texas, University of Texas Press, 2000.


Stephen F. Austin2000 - Gregg Cantrell, Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas, Yale University Press, 1999.

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