Wiley-Silver Prize

Directions for Submitting Books for the Wiley-Silver Prize

The Center for Civil War Research is accepting submissions for the annual Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History. The prize will be awarded to the best first book in Civil War history published in 2016. It recognizes exceptional emerging scholars in the history of the American Civil War. The prize is named for two distinguished former members of the University's History Department faculty, Bell Irvin Wiley and James W. Silver.

The recipient of the Wiley-Silver Prize will receive an invitation to speak at the University’s annual Conference on the Civil War, held in the fall of 2017. At that meeting, the prize and $2000.00 will be awarded the honoree.

Eligibility: The Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History will be awarded annually to a scholar’s first book or monograph in Civil War history published in the previous year. For this competition, books published in 2016 are eligible. Books or monographs published by scholarly or popular presses are eligible. Except in extraordinary circumstances textbooks are not eligible, nor are anthologies or edited works. Results will be announced by August 1, 2017.

To Submit a Book: The Center and each prize committee member must receive one copy of the book by Friday, February 17, 2017. Entries may be submitted by publishers or authors. Each entry must be clearly labeled “Wiley-Silver Prize Entry.” If the book carries a copyright date different from the publication date, publishers must enclose a letter explaining the eligibility of the entry. Entries submitted after close of business on the deadline date will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact us at civilwar@olemiss.edu, or (662) 915-3969.

Send submissions to:

Center for Civil War Research 
Department of History 
310 Bishop Hall
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677   

Thavolia Glymph
Department of History
Box 90719
226 Carr Building, 114 Campus Drive
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

Anne Sarah Rubin
Department of History
1000 Hilltop Circle
724 Administrative Building
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD 21250

Aaron Astor
Associate Professor of History
255 Anderson Hall
Maryville College
502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804