The Tennessee Historical Society and the Tennessee Historical Commission invite nominations for the Tennessee History Book Award for excellence in historical writing. This award is given each year at the annual Tennessee Historical Society membership meeting. Honorees receive $2000 and a plaque.

Content and theme should be centered on Tennessee history and the publication imprint must be during the year 2022. A jury panel of qualified experts in the field of Tennessee history will make the award selection.

The following categories are not eligible for this award: children’s books, fiction, poetry, genealogy, or individual volumes in an uncompleted set or series. Authors may nominate themselves.

In a change from previous years, nominators will be asked to initially submit a digital file of materials. Please format as one pdf the title page, an abstract (up to 500 words), and, if available, the bibliography and index. Maximum file size is 1 GB. The pdf can be attached to the nominating form. Finalists, who will be announced in February, will be asked to submit the complete book digitally.


Tuesday, January 17, 2023:

Thursday, June 1, 2023:

Deadline for nominations

Announcement of finalists and award