Journal of the American Revolution Unveils Book of the Year Award


March 31, 2014
by Editors Also by this Author


Journal of the American Revolution is the leading source of knowledge about the American Revolution and Founding Era. We feature smart, groundbreaking research and well-written narratives from expert writers. Our work has been featured by the New York Times, TIME magazine, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, Mental Floss, NPR, and more. Journal of the American Revolution also produces annual hardcover volumes, a branded book series, and the podcast, Dispatches

The Journal of the American Revolution today announces the launch of its Book of the Year Award, an annual book prize to the non-fiction volume that best mirrors the mission of Journal of the American Revolution, which is to deliver passionate, creative and smart content that makes American Revolution history more palatable for a broad audience. The first year of eligibility will be 2014 with nominations due by November 15, 2014. See below, or our permanent book awards page, for more details.


Publishers must send three copies of nominated book(s) by November 15 of the award year. Please contact ed****@al**************.com (subject line: JAR Book Award Nomination) with further instructions. Nominations may also be made by Journal of the American Revolution editors and writers.

Minimum Selection Criteria

Books will only be accepted as nominations if they meet the following criteria…

  • Non-fiction
  • Published during the previous two years of the award year
  • Subject related to the American Revolution
  • Contain footnotes, endnotes or content that primarily utilizes primary sources


Winners will be notified early the following year and receive a fancy award certificate, publicity on Journal of the American Revolution and a nationally-circulated press release announcing their victory.

About Journal of the American Revolution

In a world of increasing historical illiteracy and apathy, Journal of the American Revolution ( publishes passionate, creative and smart content intended to make history more palatable. Our free editorial menu offers a healthy variety of in-depth features and engaging columns, in both short- and long-form, with an eye for accuracy over legend. Our daily goals are simple: Make serious history more approachable among a diverse audience and regularly deliver original, unique and interesting material to our readers. It’s edutainment, or a business casual approach to scholarship, if you will. Collectively, our rapidly growing archive — now 300+ articles — provides amazing substance, depth and breadth as we strive to become the leading source of information about the American Revolution and Founding period.

In 2013 (our inaugural year), attracted 200,000 unique readers (375,000 page views). Currently, we are on pace to reach 350,000 unique readers (700,000 page views) in 2014. Our audience is primarily comprised of students, educators, employees of major academic and research institutions, corporations, media, government agencies and branches.


  • What a great idea! With the publishing industry slumping, good nonfiction history books need & deserve promotion.

  • Love the idea, if I don’t already end up having the winner, then I’m sure I will be buying it!
    Will their be fan-site voting at all for the book nominations?

  • Thanks, Roy and Eric. The voting will be among the editorial team, but we may add a unique audience participation element at the conclusion. We’ll see.

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