A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
If you’re a fan of historical fiction or are looking for something new to try during our summer reading program, you can find the best new novels through the various historical fiction awards given each year. Follow the links provided below to see each prize’s latest winners and finalists!
Walter Scott Prize
Presented: Annually in June at the Borders Book Festival
About: British literary award named after Sir Walter Scott that gives £25,000 in recognition of historical novels published at least 60 years before publication.
Visit: Borders Book Festival
RITA Award for Historical Romance
Presented: RWA Annual Conference each summer
About: Romance Writers of America gives out the RITA golden statuette named after their first president to the best historical romance set in any time period prior to 1945.
Visit: 2011 Finalists or Past Winners
David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction
Presented: Centrum Foundation’s annual writer’s conference in July each year
About: Sponsored by the Langum Charitable Trust, the Langum Prize gives an award and $1,000 stipend to the best novel featuring American history.
Visit: Langum Charitable Trust
Willa Literary Award for Historical Fiction
Presented: Annually at the Women Writing the West Fall conference
About: Women Writing the West gives the award named after Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather to new women’s or girl’s stories set in the West during any time period.
Visit: WILLA at Women Writing the West
Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award
Presented: Left Coast Crime Mystery Convention between January and March.
About: Left Coast Crime Awards presents prizes for other various mystery novels in addition to their Historical Mystery award for mysteries covering events before 1950.
Visit: Left Coast Crime 2011 Awards or Left Coast Crime for future conventions
List compiled by Rachel. Ask Rachel or any of our reference librarians for other award-winning suggestions.