Literary Prize

The Stowe Prize

The Stowe Prize recognizes a U.S. author whose written work has made a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society. Named in honor of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the $10,000 biennial award was established to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2011.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin changed how Americans thought about slavery, galvanizing the antislavery movement and widening divisions that led to the Civil War. Translated into 60 languages, Uncle Tom’s Cabin remains an international classic, read for its powerful portrayal of the struggle for freedom. It is in this tradition that Stowe Prize winners are chosen.

Please note that there will not be 2019 Stowe Prize Winner but we will be accepting nominations for 2020 very soon. Nomination details are forthcoming. For additional Stowe Prize related questions, please contact contact us.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Just Mercy
A Case for Reparations
The New Jim Crow
Half the Sky
Half the Sky
2020 Nomination Form
  • novel, essay, blog, etc.
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  • Nominator Information

  • Write a brief statement (no more than 250 words) describing how the nominated work or body of work makes a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society, and highlighting any social justice work performed by the author outside of his or her writing.
  • Two copies of the book or written work should be sent by mail.

    Stowe Prize
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
    77 Forest Street
    Hartford CT, 06105

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