The Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.
A $5,000 author honorarium is provided to the award winner through a grant from the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation. The award and honorarium will be presented at Norwich University during the 2014 Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on April 9 and 10, 2014.
- 2013, Thomas P. McKenna, Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam (The University Press of Kentucky)
- 2012, Michael Franzak, A Nightmare’s Prayer (Threshold Editions)
- 2011, Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn (Atlantic Monthly Press)
- 2010, Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.) and Douglas Century, If Not Now, When? (Berkley Caliber 2008)
- 2009, Dexter Filkins, The Forever War (Knopf 2008); Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor (Little, Brown and Company, 2007)
- 2008, R. Alan King, Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq (Zenith Press 2006)
- 2007, Ian W. Toll, Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (W.W. Norton & Company 2006); John A Glusman, Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese 1941-1945 (Viking 2005)
- 2006, Kevin J. Weddle, Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont (University of Virginia Press 2005); Nathaniel Fick, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer (Houghton-Mifflin 2005)
- 2005, Jon Meacham, Franklin and Winston: An Epic Story of an Intimate Friendship (Random House); MG Sid Shachnow, USA (Ret.) and Jann Robbins, Hope and Honor (Forge Books)
- 2004, Bing West and Major General Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.), The March Up (Bantam); Robert L. Bateman, No Gun Ri (Stackpole)
- 2003, Bryan Mark Rigg, Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers (University Press of Kansas)
- 2002, Patrick K. O’Donnell, Beyond Valor (The Free Press); Ralph Wetterhahn, The Last Battle (Avalon Publishing)
- 2001, James Bradley with Ron Powers, Flags of Our Fathers (Bantam)
- 2000, B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley, Stolen Valor (Verity Press)
- 1999, Fred Chiaventone, A Road We Do Not Know (Simon & Schuster); Bill Harlow, Circle William (Scribner)
Submissions for the 2014 Colby Award are now closed.
To qualify for consideration:
- The book must be an author’s first work, published between Jan. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013.
- Submissions must be received no later than Sept. 30, 2013. Submissions must include:
- Ten (10) copies of the book,
- Ten (10) copies of the nomination form, and
- A certified or company check in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) per submission, payable to Norwich University Colby Award.
Send entries to: Norwich University Colby Award, 158 Harmon Drive, Box 60, Northfield, VT 05663.
- Self nominations and/or self-published books will not be accepted.
- The Colby Award winner must be present at the 2014 Colby Symposium.