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Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline December 11, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Established in 1998, the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards recognize excellence in nonfiction that exemplifies the literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concern that characterized the work of the awards’ Pulitzer Prize-winning namesake, J. Anthony Lukas, who died in 1997. One of the three Lukas Prize Project Awards, the Mark Lynton History Prize, is named for the late Mark Lynton, a business executive and author of “Accidental Journey: A Cambridge Internee’s Memoir of World War II.” Lynton was an avid proponent of the writing of history, and the Lynton family has sponsored the Lukas Prize Project since its inception.

The Mark Lynton History Prize is awarded to a book-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression. The winner receives $10,000.

 

 

Notable Winners

2013: Robert Caro - The Passage of Power

2012: Sophia Rosenfeld - Common Sense: A Political History

Jury

The J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Committee

Jonathan Alter, author and senior editor, is chair of the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Committee. Additonal members are Shaye Areheart, Director of the Columbia Publishing Course, Columbia Journalism School; Colin Diver, former president, Reed College; Phyllis Grann, editor; Linda Healey, editor and Mr. Lukas’ widow; Don Katz, founder and CEO of Audible, Inc.; Nicholas Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School; Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University; Marion Lynton, widow of Mark Lynton; Lili Lynton, daughter of the late Mark Lynton and owner of Dinex Corp; Rosalind Rosenberg, professor of history, Barnard College; and Abi Wright, Director of Prizes, Columbia Journalism School.

Monetary/Material Award Details

$10,000

Eligibility Requirements

Books must have been published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

Anyone, including the author, may submit a book.

Entry Fee Details

A $75 entry fee is required to nominate a book for the prize; check should be made payable to Columbia University and paid by January 30, 2015 or the entry will be disqualified. Fees for multiple entries should be paid with one check.

Required Material

Four Copies of each book entered

Entry Format

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday, December 10, 2014. We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2015 Lukas Prizes. 

J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award

The J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, in the amount of $30,000, is given annually to aid in the completion of a significant work of nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern. Recognizing that a nonfiction book based on extensive original research often overtaxes the resources available to its author, the project envisions the award as a way of closing the gap between the time and money an author has and the time and money that finishing a book requires.

  • Open for submissions: August 4, 2014

  • Deadline: December 10, 2014; all materials must be received by this date.

  • Applicants for the award must already have a contract with a publisher to write a
    nonfiction book.

  • Applicants should send a copy of their original book proposal, a sample chapter from the book, photocopy of a contract with a publisher, and an explanation of how the award will advance the progress of the book in a PDF format.

  • The judges will make their decision on the basis of trying to achieve maximum impact on a promising book project.

  • Therefore, their selection criteria will represent a blend of the merit of the book and the financial need of the author. For this reason, the judges will need to know the amount of the author’s advance, as well as any other financial support for the book, such as a grant.

  • No entry fee is required for this prize.

We are no longer accepting submissions for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award.


J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize is given annually to a book-length work of narrative nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern that exemplifies the literary grace, commitment to serious research, and social concern that characterized the distinguished work of the award’s namesake. The winner will receive $10,000.

  • Deadline: December 10, 2014; all materials must be received by this date.

  • Books must have been published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

  • Anyone, including the author, may submit a book.

  • Submissions must include four copies of each book.

  • A $75 entry fee is required to nominate a book for the prize. Payments via credit card are accepted at the time of the online application submission. Checks are also accepted. Make checks payable to the Lukas Prize Columbia University Awards by January 30, 2015 or the entry will be disqualified. Fees for multiple entries should be made with one payment.

  • Entry fees are non-refundable

We are no longer accepting submissions for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.


Mark Lynton History Prize

The Mark Lynton History Prize is awarded to a book-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression. The winner receives $10,000.

  • Deadline: December 10, 2014; all materials must be received by this date.

  • Books must have been published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

  • Anyone, including the author, may submit a book.

  • Submissions must include four copies of each book.

  • A $75 entry fee is required to nominate a book for the prize. Payments via credit card are accepted at the time of the online submission. Checks are also accepted. Make checks payable to the Lukas Prize Columbia University Awards by January 30, 2015 or the entry will be disqualified. Fees for multiple entries should be made with one payment. 

  • Entry fees are non-refundable.

We are no longer accepting submissions for the Mark Lynton History Prize.

 

A $75 entry fee paid by check is required for each book and payment must be received by submission deadline. Please see below for check requirements.
If entry payment is not received by January 30, 2014, the entry will be disqualified.
If you are submitting multiple entries for this prize, you may list them below.
If you are submitting a book for more than one prize, you must submit each with its own specific application.
When submitting your entry, please note the confirmation number we provide on your check.

Please submit your materials to:

Lukas Prize Project
c/o Lisa Redd, Associate Director of Professional Prizes
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway, Room 303
New York, NY 10027

Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway, Room 303
New York, NY 10027

Contact Information

Caroline L. Martinet, Program Manager, Professional Prizes
Columbia University Journalism School
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
212-854-6468
[email protected]

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