2023 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards Now Open for Entries

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The 2023 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards which recognize excellence in nonfiction that exemplifies the literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concern that characterized the work of the awards’ Pulitzer Prize-winning namesake, J. Anthony Lukas, are now open for submission from around the world. Four awards will be given, namely: two J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize

Four awards are given: two J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize.

Two J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards are given annually to aid in the completion of significant works of nonfiction on topics of American political or social concern. Recognizing that a nonfiction book based on extensive research often overtaxes the resources available to its author, the project envisions the Awards as a way of closing the gap between the time and money an author has and the time and money that finishing a book requires. The programme awards the sum of $25,000 for this category.

The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize is given annually to a book-length work of narrative nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern that exemplifies the literary grace, commitment to serious research, and original reporting, that characterized the distinguished work of the award’s namesake. The prize money is $10,000.

The Mark Lynton History Prize awards $10,000 to a book-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression.

The Lynton scholarship programme annually provides two research grants of $5,000 apiece to outstanding students in the Book Seminar class at Columbia Journalism School to help support the reporting of narrative non-fiction books in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukas.

Since the Lynton scholarships were first awarded in 2005, many of the student recipients have gone on to produce acclaimed books on subjects ranging from the destruction of the Great Lakes to the underworld of pop music piracy to an early school desegregation case brought by a family of Chinese immigrants.

While the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards does not attract an entry fee, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize attract a $75 entry fee per book.

To participate in the award, please visit https://journalism.columbia.edu/lukas#How_to_Enter for full details and to apply.

The deadline for all entries is, December 8, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET.