Bolton-Johnson Prize

$1,000 is awarded annually for the best English-language book on any aspect of Latin American History.

The Bolton prize was established in 1956. It was enhanced in 2000 by a generous donation from Dr. John J. Johnson and is now the Bolton-Johnson Prize. It carries a stipend of $1,000. The Bolton-Johnson Prize is awarded for the best book in English on any significant aspect of Latin American History that is published anywhere during the imprint year previous to the year of the award. Sound scholarship, grace of style, and importance of the scholarly contribution are among the criteria for the award. Normally not considered for the award are translations, anthologies of selections by several authors, reprints or re-editions or works published previously, and works not primarily historiographical in aim or content. An Honorable Mention Award may be made for an additional distinguished work deemed worthy by the Bolton-Johnson Prize Committee. It carries a stipend of $200.

1. To be considered for the Bolton-Johnson Prize, a book must bear the imprint of the year prior to the year for which the award is made. Hence, for the 2018 Bolton-Johnson Prize, to be awarded in January of 2019, the Bolton-Johnson Prize Committee will review and judge books with imprint year 2017.

2. The CLAH Secretariat will invite publishers to nominate books for prize consideration. In addition, CLAH members may also nominate books. Submission procedures are available on the CLAH website: For a book to be considered, each of the three committee members must receive a copy, either from the publisher or from another source. Books received after June 1 of the award year will not be considered. The secretariat should be informed of the committee’s decision no later than October 15.

3. Authors are advised to consult their publishers to be certain their books have been nominated and copies sent.

4. The Bolton-Johnson Prize Committee is under no obligation to identify or seek out potential books for consideration.  For a book to be considered, each of the three committee members must receive a copy by June 1, 2017, either from the publisher or from another source.

Note: The CLAH now requires current membership for all of its prizes.

Please send all submissions to each of the committee members listed below.

Bolton-Johnson Prize Committee for 2018:

Chair: Shawn Miller
2130 JFSB
Department of History
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

Edward Murphy (Michigan State University)
510 Orchard St.
East Lansing, MI 48823

Marcela Echeverri (Yale University)
333 East 30th St.
Apt. 7H
New York, NY 10016

Deadline for receipt of nominations: June 1, 2018.

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