Goldsmith Book Prize

Harold Holzer won the 2016 Goldsmith Book Prize in the trade category for Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion.

Harold Holzer won the 2016 Goldsmith Book Prize in the trade category for Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion.

About the Award

The Goldsmith Book Prize is awarded to the trade and academic book published in the United States in the last 24 months that best fulfills the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics and public policy. Recent Goldsmith Book Prizes have been awarded to books about political journalism, the history of news, news and political polarization, internet freedom, local news and digital democracy. Books that are not on the topic of media and politics will not be considered. Please view examples of past winners.

2018 Goldsmith Book Prize

Apply online. Deadline: December 1, 2017, 5:00pm E.T.

Please complete online application form and mail 4 copies of the book (with a printed copy of completed form) to:
Goldsmith Awards Program
FAO: Tim Bailey
Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

All submissions must be in English. Edited volumes will not be accepted.

Entries must have been published between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017. If the book is scheduled to be published before December 31, 2017, but after the application deadline of December 1, 2017, please send galley/preview copies of the book.

Winners will be notified in February 2018, and prizes will be presented at the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony in March 2018.

If you have any questions, or if you are unable to submit online, contact Tim Bailey at tim_bailey@hks.harvard.edu.

2017 Winners

Academic
James T. Hamilton
Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism
Harvard University Press

Trade
David Greenberg
Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency
W.W. Norton

View winners from previous years.