Harriet Tubman Prize

The Lapidus Center is pleased to announce the second edition of the Harriet Tubman Prize, which will be awarded to a distinguished nonfiction book published in 2016 in the United States on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World. The prize of $7,500 will be presented at the Schomburg Center in December 2017.

A Readers’ Committee of scholars and librarians will select a short list of five titles from books nominated by their publisher. A Selection Committee will choose the winner from these finalists. The finalists will be announced in October and the winner in November.



Among the factors that will be considered in determining the winner will be the significance of the subject, the quality of the research and writing along with the originality and appeal to an academic and a general audience.

Books must have been published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Anthologies and works of fiction are not eligible.

Books must be nominated by publishers and must be accompanied by the nomination form. Books submitted by their authors will not be accepted.

Only books and bound galleys are accepted. Finished books may be sent to replace galleys when available. Electronic galleys need to be printed and bound.

Nominations Deadline

The deadline to receive nominations and books is December 15, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact us at lapiduscenter@nypl.org

2017 Nomination Form