The Stowe 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.

Formerly awarded bi-annually, the Stowe Prize will now be awarded annually, along with the Student Stowe Prizes.  All three prizes will next be awarded in September 2018 at the Stowe Center’s fundraising event, the Big Tent Jubilee. For more information about the Stowe Prize or to nominate an author, contact us. 2019 nominations are currently being accepted. Please refer to the nomination form Here.


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