$3,000 Biennial Book Publication Prize, Presented by The University of Utah Press

The Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Prize will be awarded to the best book-length, single-author manuscript in anthropology submitted to the Press. All submitted manuscripts must demonstrate the best substantive research and quality writing. Successful entries will focus on the human experience in North America. Submissions in archaeology, ethnography, ethnobiology, ethnohistory, ethnolinguistics, biological anthropology, and paleoecology as it pertains to human behavior are especially welcome. The winning author will receive a publication contract with The University of Utah Press that includes a cash prize of $3,000.

2022 Fowler Prize Judges

Don and Catherine Fowler, James O'Connell, and Kelley Hays-Gilpin

2022 Prize Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts must be in English and double-spaced in a 12-point font and should include contemplated figures. Photocopies of figures are acceptable for initial consideration.
  • Please also submit a digital copy of the manuscript.
  • Manuscript length is limited to a maximum of 800 pages, although shorter is preferred.
  • Manuscripts must be postmarked by January 30, 2022. Early submissions are encouraged. If you desire proof of receipt, send the manuscript using a delivery confirmation service.
  • Manuscripts that do not win the Fowler Prize will also be considered for book publication.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned and will be recycled after the competition.
  • Portions of submitted manuscripts may have appeared in journals or anthologies, but previously published monographs will not be considered.
  • The competition is open to all authors except current students, faculty, and staff of The University of Utah. Current and former employees of The University of Utah Press are not eligible for the prize.
  • All submissions should include a cover letter indicating that this is a submission for the Fowler Prize, the complete manuscript including all illustrations and supplementary materials, and a copy of your most recent C.V.

Awardees will be contacted directly, and the results of the competition will be posted on the Press website no later than October 2022. Please do not call the Press or the judges to check on the status of your submission. The decision of the judges is final.

The Press will publish the winning manuscript, and the winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize. The Prize will be awarded annually; however, the Press reserves the right to make no award in any given year.

Please send all submissions to:

The University of Utah Press
c/o The Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Prize
295 South 1500 East, Suite 5400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0860

2019 Winner:

Colonizing the Wild: A Narrative of an Indian Captive and the House of Brigham Young by Virginia Kerns

Previous Winners:

2018: The Crimson Cowboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition by Jerry D. Spangler and James M. Aton

2017:  From Colonization to Domestication: Population, Environment, and the Origins of Agriculture in Eastern North America  by D. Shane Miller

2014:  Sending the Spirits Home: The Archaeology of Hohokam Mortuary Practices  by  Glen Rice

2012: Religion on the Rocks: Hohokam Rock Art, Ritual Practice, and Social Transformation by Aaron M. Wright

2010: Winds from the North: Tewa Origins and Historical Anthropology by Scott Ortman

2009: Foragers and Farmers of the Northern Kayenta Region: Excavations along the Navajo Mountain Road by Phil R. Geib