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Literary Prize

The Stowe Prize for Literary Activism

The Stowe Prize for Literary Activism recognizes a distinguished book of general adult fiction or non-fiction that illuminates a critical social justice issue in contemporary society in the United States. The book must be written by a U.S. author and have been published in the United States during the previous three calendar years. The book applies informed inquiry, is accessible and engaging to a general audience, and promotes empathy and understanding. Because Stowe’s writings challenged slavery and promoted women’s education, social issues impacted by racism and gender discrimination are prioritized. In creating this award, the Stowe Center recognizes the power of literary activism.

WINNER
Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want
2022 WINNER
How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
2021 WINNER
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
2020 WINNER
Solitary
2018 WINNER
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
2017 WINNER
Just Mercy
2015 WINNER
The Case for Reparations
2013 WINNER
The New Jim Crow
2011 WINNER
Half the Sky
2011 WINNER
Half the Sky