The American Catholic Historical Association awards the following prizes annually:
- The John Gilmary Shea Prize for a published book on the history of the Catholic Church broadly considered.
- The Howard R. Marraro Prize for a work on Italian history or Italo-American history or relations.
- The Peter Guilday Prize for a manuscript, accepted by the editors of The Catholic Historical Review, which is the writer’s first scholarly publication.
- The John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award to assist a graduate student in the final stages of degree program.
- The Msgr. Harry C. Koenig Award for Catholic Biography is awarded for a book or biography about a Catholic figure from any time period and region of the world (awarded in even-numbered years).
- Several distinguished service awards
John Gilmary Shea Prize is given annually to the author of a book, published during a preceding twelve-month period, which is judged by a committee of experts to have made the most original and distinguished contribution to knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church. Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible. The prize consists of $1500.
Books to be entered in the competition must have been published in the 2014 calendar year. Three copies, identified as entries, should be sent by June 15, 2015, one to each of the following members of the committee of judges:
Dr. Thomas F. Rzeznik
Room 333, Fahy Hall
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
Prof. Liam Brockey
Department of History
506 E. Circle Dr
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Shea Prize Winners, 2010-14
|2014||John W. O’Malley||Trent: What Happened at the Council||Belknap Press||buy|
|2013||Charles Keith||Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation||University of California Press||buy|
|2012||John Connelly||From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965||Harvard University Press||buy|
|2011||Ulrich L. Lehner||Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines, 1740-1803||Oxford University Press||buy|
|2010||Neal Pease||Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland 1914 – 1939||Ohio University Press||buy|
The Howard R. Marraro Prize is given annually to the author of a book that is judged by a committee of experts to be the most distinguished work dealing with Italian history or Italo-American history or relations that has been published in a preceding twelve-month period. It is named in memory of Howard A. Marraro (1879-1972), who was a professor in Columbia University and the author of more than a dozen books on Italian literature, history, and culture. In his last will Professor Marraro bequeathed to the Association a sum to be invested as a fund, the income from which would be awarded each year as a prize. The present amount of the prize is $1500.
Marraro made bequests to the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies to allow each association to award a prize. The American Historical Association administers the competition for all three awards. See the list of past recipients. The general rules for submission are:
1. Each award will be given for the book or article deemed best by the committee, which treats Italian history in any epoch, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations. Entries must first have been published in English by a historian whose usual residence is North America.
2. Books or articles with an imprint of 2014 are eligible for the 2015 award.
3. Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
4. One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members and clearly labeled “Marraro Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be honored at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator at email@example.com, or call 202-544-2422.
Alison K. Frazier
Univ. of Texas, Austin
Dept. of History
128 Inner Campus Dr. B7000
Austin, TX 78712-1739
Borden W. Painter Jr.
110 Ledgewood Rd.
Hartford, CT 06107-3734
Dr. Valerie Ramseyer
Department of History
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02445
Marraro Prize Winners, 2010-14
|2014||Daniel Stolzenberg||Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity||The University of Chicago Press||buy|
|2013||Areli Marina||The Italian Piazza Transformed: Parma in the Communal Age||The Pennsylvania State University Press||buy|
|2012||E. Natalie Rothman||Brokering Empire: Trans-Imperial Subjects Between Venice and Istanbul||Cornell University Press||buy|
|2011||Michael Ebner||Ordinary Violence in Mussolini’s Italy||Cambridge Univ. Press||buy|
|2010||Stanislao Pugliese||Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone||Farrar, Straus and Giroux||buy|
The Peter Guilday Prize is awarded for a manuscript, accepted by the editor of the Catholic Historical Review, that is the author’s first scholarly publication. Entries must be submitted as articles; those received in the editorial office by September 1 of any year will be considered for that year’s prize, the amount of which is $250. The winning article will be published in the following year. Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible.
The John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award, which carries a purse of $1,500, memorializes the scholarship and teaching of Monsignor Ellis (1905-1992). Its purpose is to assist a graduate student working on some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church.
Eligibility: Those wishing to enter the competition for the award must be citizens or authorized residents (i.e., permanent residents or on student visas) of the United States or Canada, and must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a recognized institution of higher education.
Procedures: Applicants must submit copies of all application materials to the three award judges by September 30, 2015. Submissions may be e-mailed or sent via postal mail. Please ensure that all judges (whose contact information is listed below) receive a copy of your materials.
- a statement from the chairman (or director of graduate studies) of the applicant’s department certifying that he or she has completed all the degree requirements for the doctorate except for the dissertation, and has received departmental approval to undertake work on a dissertation topic dealing with some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church;
- a statement written by the applicant, not exceeding 1,000 words in length, describing the dissertation project and the way in which the award would be used to further its completion;
- two sealed letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s work, one of whom must be his or her dissertation director.
Dr. Magda Teter
Middletown, CT 06459
Dr. Amy Koehlinger
302B Milam Hall
School of History, Philosophy and Religion
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
For submission information, you may also contact us by postal mail: ACHA, Dealy Hall 637, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458
The Harry C. Koenig Prize, offered every two years, recognizes outstanding biographies of members of the Catholic Church who have lived in any age or country. The prize is awarded in even-numbered years to the author of the book deemed by the prize committee to be the best such work published in the two previous calendar years. Entries must first have been published in English. The prize consists of $1500. The prize is presented in January at the Association’s annual meeting.
The 2016 competition
Books to be entered in the 2016 competition must have been published in the 2014 or 2015 calendar year. The prize committee will accept submissions for the 2016 competition beginning on January 1, 2016. Upon the opening of the competition, applicants should send copies of their work to the prize committee members:
Professor Ulrike Wiethaus, Ph.D.
Chair, 2016 Koenig Prize Committee
c/o Department of Religion & American Ethnic Studies
Wake Forest University
P.O. Box 7212
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7212
Professor Ulrich L. Lehner, Ph.D.
Department of Theology
Marquette Hall 327
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Dr. R. A. Ventresca
Department of History
King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario
266 Epworth Avenue
Koenig Prize Winners
|2014 (inaugural year)||Robert Ventresca||Soldier for Christ: The Life of Pius XII||Belknap Press||buy|