The Society for Military History First-Manuscript Prize Submission Guidelines

The Society for Military History First-Manuscript Prize is awarded annually to an author who has not previously published a scholarly book-length manuscript. The competition is open to scholars whose work blends military history with social, political, economic, and diplomatic history and to authors of studies centering on campaigns, leaders, technology, and doctrine. The winning author receives a cash award, a plaque, and, after successful editorial review, a publication contract with the University of North Carolina Press. The winner also will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the Society for Military History annual meeting. Please note that manuscripts already under contract with a press are not eligible for consideration.

This prize is named in honor of Edward M. Coffman.


  1. The author must be a member in good standing of the Society for Military History [though they can do this at the last minute if need be].
  2. Only English-language manuscripts will be considered; U.S. citizenship is not required.
  3. The text of a submitted manuscript must be at least 250 pages in length.
  4. Translations are not eligible for consideration unless the author both translated and annotated the manuscript.
  5. It is recommended that recently-defended dissertations be revised with publication in mind.
  6. Manuscripts under consideration by other presses may be entered into this competition, but if the work is accepted for publication elsewhere during the Prize Committee's deliberations, the author is obligated to notify the committee chair immediately.

Submission Instructions:
  1. No later than 15 January 2019, the author must submit (in digital form) a full manuscript, a 3-5-page précis of the same, and a current curriculum vitae to Dr. Brian K. Feltman, chair of the 2019 Coffman Prize Committee, at The précis must include a statement of the work's thesis and conclusions, its place in the relevant historiography, and any new or underutilized primary source materials or innovative methodologies that shape it.
  2. All submissions must be double-spaced and submitted in PDF format.
  3. The Committee will designate the winner on or about March 1, 2019.
  4. The Society for Military History will present the Coffman Prize at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society, May 9-12, 2019, in Columbus, OH.

Point of Contact:

Brian K. Feltman
PO Box 8054
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054