ABOUT THE EVANS BIOGRAPHY AND HANDCART AWARDS
: The Evans Biography Award and the Evans Handcart Award are designed to encourage fine writing about the people who have helped shape the growth and character of the Interior West. The awards are administered by the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at Utah State University.
TOPIC: Judges will consider books fitting at least one of the following criteria. (Note: 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 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.
·A history in which the biographical material concerning the principal(s) is 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 history with significant biographical content dealing with nineteenth-century Mormon history, including the Palmyra, Kirtland, Nauvoo, and exodus periods.
The Evans Handcart Award broadens the criteria to include family histories, and focuses on first-time and emerging authors
Send the submission cover sheet (email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the cover sheet) with
six* copies of the book and one copy of the author's resume to the address below. Books published in 2015 may be sent at any time but no later than February 22, 2016.
*The Mountain West Center
may require additional copies of books for forwarding to the national jury. Separate submission is required for each award. The books for the Evans Biography Award are first screened by a regional jury. The top three or four submissions as determined by that jury will be forwarded to a panel of national jurors for final selection. The regional jury determines the Handcart Award winner. Neither award will be given if jurors determine that no book merits the award.
Deadline for submission of books published in 2015:
February 22, 2016
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
0735 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-0735
Fed Ex Address:
Room 338 Old Main Bldg
Utah State University
Logan UT 84322