J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award

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Work-in-Progress Award
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July 11, 2013
November 16, 2013

The J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, in the amount of $30,000, is given annually to aid in the completion of a significant work of nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern. Recognizing that a nonfiction book based on extensive original research often overtaxes the resources available to its author, the project envisions the award as a way of closing the gap between the time and money an author has and the time and money that finishing a book requires.

  • Deadline: November 16, 2013; all materials must be received by this date.

  • Applicants for the award must already have a contract with a publisher to write a
    nonfiction book.

  • Applicants should send a copy of their original book proposal, a sample chapter from the book, photocopy of a contract with a publisher, and an explanation of how the award will advance the progress of the book.

  • The judges will make their decision on the basis of trying to achieve maximum impact on a promising book project.

  • Therefore, their selection criteria will represent a blend of the merit of the book and the financial need of the author. For this reason, the judges will need to know the amount of the author’s advance, as well as any other financial support for the book, such as a grant.

  • No entry fee is required for this prize.