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 2018. 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 2019. 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 2018 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, 2019.

To Submit a Book: The Center and each prize committee member must receive one copy of the book by Friday, March 1, 2019. 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   

Carole Emberton
Department of History
546 Park Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

Joan Waugh
475 N. Greencraig Road
Los Angeles, California 90049

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