James Madison Prize (Published Article or Essay)

The Madison Prize is given for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the federal government’s history.

This annual award commemorates the authors of The Federalist, which publishes many of the most significant essays on the nature of the federal government on a quarterly basis.

Submission Guidelines

Entries are judged for value in furthering the understanding of the history of the federal government; quality and thoroughness of research; style and appropriateness or presentation; suitability and rigor of methodology; and use of original and primary materials. In addition to the general requirements above, the work must have been published in the calendar year immediately preceding the spring awards.

    Submission Process

    The award is made solely on the basis of the materials submitted to the James Madison Prize Committee Members.

    1. Nominations should be submitted through Google Forms

    2. Nominations should include a brief letter commenting on the merits of the work.  

    3. Nominations should include a copy of the nominee (s)’s resume or curriculum vitae.

    4. Submit one copy of the publication or link to publication either through the Google Form (preferred) or by mail.  

    Committee Chair: Julie Prieto, PhD


    U.S. Army Center of Military History

    Matthew R.G. Regan

    Historian, Office of the Historian,

    Department of State

    Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, PhD

    Historian and Manager, National Maritime Heritage Program

    Historian, Park History Program

    National Park Service


    Society for History in the Federal Government 
    PO BOX 14139
    Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044

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