James Fenimore Cooper Prize

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James Fenimore Cooper Prize
Awarded for Best in Historical fiction
Presented by Society of American Historians
First awarded 1993
Official website sah.columbia.edu

The James Fenimore Cooper Prize is a biennial award given for the best Historical American fiction by the Society of American Historians. It is awarded in the odd-numbered years.


The prize has been awarded since 1993. It is given to honor a work of literary fiction that "makes a significant contribution to historical understanding, portrays authentically the people and events of the historical past, and displays skills in narrative construction and prose style" and that concerns American history.[1][2] The prize, which is named for nineteenth-century American historical novelist James Fenimore Cooper, carries a cash award of US$2,000.[3]



  1. ^ "The Society of American Historians". Columbia University. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  2. ^ Tabor, Mary B. W. (1995-05-10). "Book Notes". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  3. ^ Dreifus, Erika (2012-01-19). "Improve your chances of winning a contest". Writer magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Society of American Historians: James Fenimore Cooper Prize". Columbia University. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 

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