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Each year, the ASEH awards five prizes for outstanding scholarship in the field of environmental history. The instructions for submitting your work for consideration for each prize are listed below.

Publication Awards

George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history

The prize committee will evaluate published books that appear between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021. Deadline for submission: November 20, 2021. Three hard copies are required - and anyone can submit a book (authors and publishers).
Please send one copy of each book submission to each of the following committee members:

Professor Andrew Needham

NYU History Department

53 Washington Square South — 4th Floor

New York, NY  10012

Professor Kate Brown

75 Tremont Street

Cambridge, MA  02139

Professor James Rice

6650 Colton Crawford Circle

Falls Church, VA 22042

Alice Hamilton Prize for best article outside journal Environmental History  
Eligibility: Articles published between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021.
Deadline: November 20, 2021.
Instructions: Please submit a pdf file of the published article that clearly indicates the author's name, the article title, the name of the journal, the issue number, and the date of publication through THIS FORM.

Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article in journal Environmental History (with Forest History Society)
Articles that appear in our journal, Environmental History, are automatically considered by our journal's editorial board, and there is no need to submit entries for the Leopold-Hidy Prize.

Awards for Unpublished Research

ASEH-FHS Graduate Student Essay Prize 

for the best essay of journal-article length written by a graduate student on an environmental history and/or forest history topic.


Essays that have been previously published or are under review for publication will not be considered for this prize.

Applicants must be members of ASEH, FHS or ASEH-FHS joint members at the time of submission.

Deadline: November 20, 2021.  Winners will be notified in February 2022.

Instructions: Articles should be original research articles, grounded in historical research in primary sources, usually including archival sources, 8,000-9,000 words in length (including all note text). Please submit your essay as a PDF or MS Word document; to facilitate blind review, make sure that your name does not appear on your essay. THE FILE NAME OF YOUR ESSAY SHOULD BE YOUR ASEH OR FHS MEMBERSHIP NUMBER.

Submit through THIS FORM.

Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental history

Eligibility: Dissertations approved between Nov. 1, 2020 and Oct. 31, 2021.
Deadline: November 20, 2021.

Instructions: Submit in pdf format as a file less than 5 megabytes in size through THIS FORM.

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