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War Institute

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Gettysburg, PA 17325
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About the Michael Shaara Prize

Shaara SealIn 1997, Jeff Shaara, the critically acclaimed best-selling author established The Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. This award is named in honor of his father, the author of the novel The Killer Angels. In 2005, the Prize moved to the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. A $5,000 prize will be awarded annually (if warranted) on November 19th, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

If you would like to nominate a title for the Michael Shaara Award, please review the submission guidelines listed below.

Any novel about the Civil War published (for the first time) in the current calendar year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction" is eligible. Self published books are not eligible.  This includes books printed and bound by a company hired and paid by the author to publish his/her work in book form.  Publishers, critics, and authors must submit books by December 31, 2014 for the 2015 Shaara Prize. There is no entry fee. Results announced in late September. Questions can be directed to Diane Brennan, Administrative Assistant, at 717-337-6574 or

Send four (4) copies of the nominated work to:

The Michael Shaara Book Prize
Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College
300 N. Washington Street, Campus Box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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