J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award

Materials for this award must be received by Wednesday, December 9, 2020. 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:

  • Statement addressing how the award will advance the progress of the book
  • 50-75 pages from the work-in-progress
  • The original book proposal accepted by the publisher
  • 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
  • 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 Wednesday, December 9, 2020.


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, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 
  • Submissions must include a PDF copy of each book entered. Thank you for understanding as we manage these awards remotely this year.
  • 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, 2021, 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 and fee. 

If you have any questions about the entry process, please send them to cjsprizes@gmail.com.

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

Materials for this award must be received by Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

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, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 
  • Submissions must include a PDF copy of each book entered. Thank you for understanding as we manage these awards remotely this year.
  • 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."
  • If entry payment is not received by January 31, 2021, 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 and fee. 


Please send checks to:

Lukas Prize Project
c/o Abi Wright, Executive Director
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway, 709C New York, NY 10027

If you have any questions about the entry process, please send them to cjsprizes@gmail.com.

Mark Lynton History Prize

Materials for this award must be received by Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

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, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 
  • Submissions must include a PDF copy of each book entered. Thank you for understanding as we manage these awards remotely this year.
  • 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, 2021, 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 and fee. 

 If you have any questions about the entry process, please send them to cjsprizes@gmail.com.

Mark Lynton History Prize

Materials for this award must be received by Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

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, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 
  • Submissions must include a PDF copy of each book entered. Thank you for understanding as we manage these awards remotely this year.
  • 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."
  • If entry payment is not received by January 31, 2021, 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 and fee. 

 
Please send checks to:
Lukas Prize Project
c/o Abi Wright, Executive Director
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2950 Broadway, 709C New York, NY 10027

If you have any questions about the entry process, please send them to cjsprizes@gmail.com.

Columbia Journalism School - Professional Prizes