MAAH Stone Book Award





The Museum of African American History (MAAH) Stone Book Award celebrates writing on the subject of African American history and culture by awarding a $25,000 prize to the author of an exceptional adult non-fiction book written in a literary style and two finalist prizes of $2,500 each. Created in 2018, the inaugural winner was Tera W. Hunter for ‘Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century’.

This year our jury  -- Jarvis R. Givens, Leigh Raiford, and Dana Williams – chose Julius S. Scott as the 2019 MAAH Stone Book Award winner for ‘The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution’. The 2019 finalists are Kellie Carter Jackson for ‘Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence’ and Mary Schmidt Campbell for ‘An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden’. The winner and finalists will be celebrated on September 12, 2019 at the Award Event at the African Meeting House (register here).


  • To recognize new literary work in the field of African American history and culture
  • To nurture and inspire future scholarly writing in the field
  • To reinforce the necessity of continuously examining history
  • To foster community engagement and dialogue centered around a widely accessible new literary work
  • To celebrate the joy of learning through reading in partnership with an appreciation of the American historical, cultural artifacts held by the museum to tell stories of the African American experience
  • To celebrate the history of the successful abolitionist movement that began in Boston and the unity between races that it exemplified and fostered


The 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award will open for submissions on March 1, 2020.



  1. All books must have been published in the U.S. with a publication date between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
  2. All books must be printed in English. Translations are not eligible. 
  3. All authors must be U.S. residents. 
  4. Books must be submitted by publishers and literary agents only. Books may not be submitted for consideration directly by the author.
  5. Neither self-published works, where the author is the publisher, nor e-books are eligible for this award. Textbooks and anthologies are not eligiblw. Co-authored books are not eligible.
  6. All books must be adult non-fiction. Graphic novels are not eligible. 


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