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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - EVANS BIOGRAPHY AWARDS FOR BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2017

EVANS BIOGRAPHY AWARD
($10,000 Award)

Evans Biography Award Seal

EVANS HANDCART AWARD
($2,500 Award)

Evans Handcart Award Seal

THE MOUNTAIN WEST CENTER FOR REGIONAL STUDIES AT UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY IS SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR WELL-RESEARCHED & WELL-WRITTEN BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, OR EDITED MEMOIRS ABOUT THE INTERIOR WEST PUBLISHED IN 2017

 AWARD CRITERIA:

To be considered for the Evans Biography Award and the Evans Handcart Award, books need to be well-researched and well-written and fit at least one of the following criteria:

  • A biography, autobiography, or edited memoir of someone who lived a significant portion of his or her life in “Mormon Country”—that region historically influenced by Mormon institutions and social practices. The region is roughly an expanded Great Basin and Rocky Mountain region, extending south into Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico, and north into southern Alberta, Canada (neither the biography’s subject nor author need be affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church).
  • A well-researched history or family history in which the biographical material concerning the principal(s) is/are extensive and significant. The Interior West must be a significant setting.
  • A collection of biographical portraits in which the individuals fit a unifying theme and understanding. The Interior West must be a significant setting.
  • A biography or family history with significant biographical content dealing with nineteenth-century Mormon history, including the Palmyra, Kirtland, Nauvoo, and exodus periods.

The Evans Handcart Award gives preference to first-time authors of full length books of biography, autobiography, or edited memoir about the Interior West. Writers of family history or memoir are especially encouraged to submit their published work.

AWARD SELECTION:

All submissions will be considered for both awards by a regional jury. The regional jury will choose up to four finalists for the Evans Biography Award and choose the winner of the Evans Handcart Award. The winner of the Evans Biography Award will be chosen from the finalists by a national jury. The winning authors and publishers will be notified in July with the presentation of the awards taking place at a ceremony at Utah State University in Fall 2018. (No award
will be given if jurors determine that no submission merits the award in any given year.)


AWARD SUBMISSION:

Send a submission cover sheet with SIX* copies of the book and one copy of the author’s resume to the address below. Books published in 2017 may be sent at any time but no later than February 21, 2018. (*The Mountain West Center may require additional copies of the book for forwarding to the national jury.)

AWARD SUBMISSION ADDRESS:

Mailing Address (US Postal Service):
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
0735 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT  84322-0735

Parcel Address (Fed Ex / UPS):
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
Old Main Building - Room 338
Utah State University
Logan, UT  84322

 PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS:

 The list of previous award winners for the Evans Biography Awards can be found on our website.

SUBMISSION COVER SHEET »

AWARD SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

Deadline for submission of books published in 2017: February 21, 2018.

QUESTIONS:

Contact for additional information:
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
Email: mwc@usu.edu
Phone: 435-797-0299
Website: mountainwest.usu.edu

ACKNOWLEDGMENT:

 The Mountain West Center expresses gratitude to the Evans Family for establishing a literary award in 1983 in honor of David Woolley Evans and Beatrice Cannon Evans that recognizes remarkable writing in the genre of biography/autobiography. David and Beatrice were both born in 1894. David was a writer, editor, and founder of a large advertising and public relations firm that bore his name. Beatrice was an historian and family genealogist who edited the Cannon Family Historical Treasury, a six-generation history of her father’s family. She was also the genealogist and historian for her mother’s large Bennion family. Both David and Beatrice recognized the importance of publishing the stories of the people and families who shaped and were shaped by their sense of place in the Interior West. 


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