The exciting success of the inaugural 2015 Grateful American Book Prize prompts us to reach out to you in an effort to engage your early support for the 2016 Prize competition. Last year’s winner, Kathy Cannon Wiechman’s book – Like a River: A Civil War Novel – is enjoying renewed acclaim and newfound sales.
She put it this way: “I meet many writers who write fantasy or dystopian novels. I think—and hope—the Grateful American Book Prize can entice more of them to tackle historical subjects. It can also push writers who want to write historical books to buckle down and put in the work. If more good history is written, maybe publishing houses will become more interested in adding historical titles to their lists.”
The purpose of the Prize is to promote the authorship and publication of historically accurate works of fiction and nonfiction aimed at young readers—books that will engage them in a way that invokes a desire to learn more about the events and personalities that configured our nation. The benefits it provides for teachers and their students are matched only by the opportunities for new writers, seasoned authors, their representatives and their publishers.
We urge you to get involved in the awards process early – and often — this year, and to contact our coordinator John Grimaldi if you have questions or need additional information.
David Bruce Smith
Co-founder, The Grateful American Book Prize