The COLBY AWARD and NU MILITARY WRITERS’ SYMPOSIUM
are signature events of the NU Peace & War Center.
THE COLBY AWARD recognizes a FIRST WORK of fiction or nonfiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs. A $5,000 author honorarium is provided to the award recipient through the generosity of the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation.
Books are nominated by publishers, agents, or promoters, and cannot be self-nominated. All nominated books are considered in a two-step review process. First-round award reviewers carefully consider all nominated eligible books. Then, the five top-scoring titles are reviewed by the Colby Award Selection Committee, which consists of five former Colby winners and a committee chair.
Books are scored on their depth of research, significance of the work, subject-material clarity and wiritng quality. The Colby Award review process considers the book and its subject on its own merits absent author biographical context.
Nominations for the 2022 William E. Colby Award will open July 2021.
The Colby Award is presented annually at Norwich University during the NU Military Writers’ Symposium in Northfield, Vermont.
To qualify for consideration for the 2021 Colby Award:
1. The book must be a FIRST WORK by the author, published between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020.
2. Submissions must be received no later than Dec. 31, 2020.
3. Self-nominations are not accepted.
4. The Colby Award recipient must be present at the 2021 symposium at Norwich University in fall 2021 and participate in an appearance at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago based upon the author’s schedule.
Submissions must include:
Send entries to:
Norwich University Colby Award
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663