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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