October 5 – October 12, 2006 Edition

Market Tip

Small Presses

Urged to Submit

For Langum Prize

Birmingham, AL/10/5/06—Madison House, a book published by the Portland-based small press Hawthorne Books, took the $1,000 Langum Prize for Historical Fiction last year, the first time that small presses were eligible to compete. With the 2006 award deadline approaching on December 1, small presses are encouraged to submit their entries now.

Unique among the thousands of annual book prizes, the Langum Prize honors a work that is both excellent fiction and excellent history, and, to some extent, distinguishes between the two. The prize was founded by David J. Langum, Sr., a professor of law at Samford University, and a widely-respected legal historian and author, in an effort to make the rich history of the American colonial and national periods more accessible to the educated general public.

To be eligible for consideration, a small press must have published at least five but not more than fifty books in the previous year, and may not have received any subsidy or other compensation from its author. Books published during December 2006 may be submitted in proof or preliminary edition. University presses may also submit entries.

Two copies of each publication are required, and may be sent to:

The Langum Charitable Trust

Post Office Box 12643

Birmingham, Alabama 35202-2643

For additional information and submission guidelines, visit or contact David J. Langum Sr., at Winners will be announced in February, 2007, with the prize ceremony to be held at the Birmingham Public Library a month later.

An additional $1,000 prize is awarded to the best American legal history or biography published by a university press. Last year’s winner was To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance by Richard J. Ellis (University Press of Kansas, 2005).