A New Prize Contest: Applying History to Help Reunite America

The Stanton Foundation believes historians can play a vital role in helping reunite our deeply divided nation. To that end, the Foundation is launching a contest to reward what it judges the best Applied History essay that both clarifies the challenge of reuniting America and identifies initiatives the U.S. government or others could take to address it.

Essays of 1,000 to 5,000 words, drawing from the history of the U.S. or other nations, will be welcome. Submissions may be new, unpublished pieces or previously published articles, including from a collection of articles or selections from previously published books. Please note that in keeping with the Foundation’s charter, the essay must be non-partisan.

An advisory panel including historians from the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford’s Hoover Institution, and the University of Chicago will assist in screening. The top entry, as judged by the Foundation, will win $10,000, and up to two runners-up (if judged worthy of recognition) will win $5,000.

The contest will close on July 4, 2021, and prize winners will be announced on July 14, 2021.