The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation offers an annual prize of $2,500 for the best article in American legal history published by an early career scholar. Articles published in 2013 in the field of American legal history, broadly conceived, will be considered. There is a preference for articles in the colonial and early National periods. Articles published in the Law and History Review are eligible for the Surrency Prize and will not be considered for the Cromwell Article Prize.
The Cromwell Foundation makes the final award, in consultation with a subcommittee from the American Society for Legal History. This subcommittee invites nominations for the article prize. Authors are invited to nominate themselves or others may nominate works meeting the criteria that they have read and enjoyed. Please send a brief letter of nomination, along with an electronic or hard copy of the article, by May 31, 2014, to the subcommittee chair, Alfred Brophy, University of North Carolina School of Law, Campus Box #3380, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 or via email, abrophy [at] email.unc.edu. Other members of the articles subcomittee of the Cromwell Prizes Advisory Committee are Daniel W. Hamilton of the Univeristy of Nevada Las Vegas, Michelle McKinley of the University of Oregon, and Kristin A. Olbertson of Alma College.
Past winners of the prizes are listed here. If I might offer a personal note, I have been absolutely astonished and inspired by the high quality of work that is being done by newer scholars in legal history. I've been on the prize subcommittee for two years now and have been really impressed by how deeply scholars are thinking and writing and also how broad the field of legal history is these days. I think it is an incredibly vibrant field right now.