J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award


Materials for this award must be received by Monday, December 9, 2019. No entry fee is required for this prize.


Guidelines: Two J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, in the amount of $25,000, 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.


How to Enter:

  • Anyone, including the author, may submit a work-in-progress.
  • Applicants for this award must already have a contract with a U.S.-based publisher to write a nonfiction book.

 Materials Needed for Entry:

  1. Statement of how the award will advance the progress of the book.
  2. 50-75 pages from the work-in-progress.
  3. Copy of the original book proposal. 
  4. Proof of contract that includes the details of the "advance" and payment schedule as well as the signature page or signed letter of intent by the publisher. 
  5. Details on any other financial support for the book, such as a grant.

 *PDF format preferred

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

Materials for this award must be received by Monday, December 9, 2019.  

Guidelines: The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, in the amount of $10,000, 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.

How to Enter: Anyone, including the author, may submit a book.

  • Books must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 
  • Submissions must include four (4) copies of each book entered.
  • A $75 entry fee is required for each book. At the end of this form, please select the payment option that corresponds to the number of books you are entering.
  • If entry payment is not received by January 31, 2020, the entry will be disqualified. 
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • If you are submitting multiple entries for this prize, you may list them below. This submission form allows for 10 books to be entered at a time. If you are entering more than 10 books you will need to submit this form again for the additional books. 
  • If you are submitting a book for more than one prize, you must submit each with its own specific application. 

Please send your books to:

Lukas Prize Project 

c/o Caroline Wernecke, Assistant Director 

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism 

2950 Broadway, 709B New York, NY 10027

*Please note: materials will not be returned

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize


Materials for this award must be received by Monday, December 9, 2019.  


Guidelines: The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, in the amount of $10,000, 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.


How to Enter: 

Anyone, including the author, may submit a book.

  • Books must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 
  • Submissions must include four (4) copies of each book entered.
  • A $75 entry fee paid by check is required for each book. Please note the entry confirmation number on the check, include a copy of the entry form, and make the check payable to "Lukas Prize - Columbia University." Please send checks separately from books - checks sent with books can easily get lost in the packaging.
  • If entry payment is not received by January 31, 2020, the entry will be disqualified. 
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • If you are submitting multiple entries for this prize, you may list them below. This submission form allows for 10 books to be entered at a time. If you are entering more than 10 books you will need to submit this form again for the additional books. 
  • If you are submitting a book for more than one prize, you must submit each with its own specific application. 

 Please send your books to:
Lukas Prize Project
c/o Caroline Wernecke, Assistant Director
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway, 709B New York, NY 10027
*Please note: materials will not be returned

Mark Lynton History Prize

Materials for this award must be received by Monday, December 9, 2019.  


Guidelines: The Mark Lynton History Prize, in the amount of $10,000, is awarded to a book-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression.


How to Enter: Anyone, including the author, may submit a book.

  • Books must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 
  • Submissions must include four (4) copies of each book entered.
  • A $75 entry fee is required for each book. At the end of this form, please select the payment option that corresponds to the number of books you are entering.
  • If entry payment is not received by January 31, 2020, the entry will be disqualified. 
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • If you are submitting multiple entries for this prize, you may list them below. This submission form allows for 10 books to be entered at a time. If you are entering more than 10 books you will need to submit this form again for the additional books. 
  • If you are submitting a book for more than one prize, you must submit each with its own specific application. 

 Please send your books to:
Lukas Prize Project
c/o Caroline Wernecke, Assistant Director
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway, 709B New York, NY 10027
*Please note: materials will not be returned

Mark Lynton History Prize

Materials for this award must be received by Monday, December 9, 2019.  

Guidelines: The Mark Lynton History Prize, in the amount of $10,000, is awarded to a book-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression.

How to Enter: Anyone, including the author, may submit a book.

  • Books must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 
  • Submissions must include four (4) copies of each book entered.
  • A $75 entry fee paid by check is required for each book. Please note the entry confirmation number on the check, include a copy of the entry form, and make the check payable to "Lukas Prize - Columbia University." Please send checks separately from books - checks sent with books can easily get lost in the packaging. 
  • If entry payment is not received by January 31, 2020, the entry will be disqualified. 
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • If you are submitting multiple entries for this prize, you may list them below. This submission form allows for 10 books to be entered at a time. If you are entering more than 10 books you will need to submit this form again for the additional books. 
  • If you are submitting a book for more than one prize, you must submit each with its own specific application. 

  Please send your books to:
 Lukas Prize Project
 c/o Caroline Wernecke, Assistant Director
 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
 2950 Broadway, 709B New York, NY 10027
*Please note: materials will not be returned

Columbia Journalism School - Professional Prizes