The Grateful American Book Prize Submission Form

We are looking for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustration.

Excellence in writing, storytelling and illustrating historically accurate children’s books of fiction or non-fiction depicting important events and personalities throughout the history of the United States.

Please download and complete this form for each book you wish to submit for consideration.

Download Submission Form

Please send the completed form along with seven (7) copies of the published work to:

John Grimaldi
David Bruce Smith Publications
1101 17th Street N.W., Suite 605
Washington DC 20036

Submissions will be accepted from January 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017.

Books published between July 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017 qualify.


Grateful American Book Prize 2017
Judging Criteria

The Prize is awarded to the authors of books for children 11 to 15 years of age dealing with important moments and people in America’s history. The books can be works of fiction or non-fiction and may include illustrations to enhance the author’s words. We are looking for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustration.

– Books published between July 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017 are eligible; self-published books are ineligible

– The plot of the book must focus on historic American events and/or personalities

– Writing style needs to appeal to young learners in grades seven through nine (ages 11-15)

– Works of fiction and non-fiction are eligible

– They may include illustrations that appeal to children in the seventh through ninth grades and reflect the highest standards of artistic creativity

– Historic accuracy is very important. Non-fiction works must describe events and individuals in a manner that is well researched and documented. Fictional stories must accurately convey the times in which they are meant to occur.

According to Arizona State University Professors Nilsen and Donelson (2001): “As with any literary form, there are standards for judging historical novels. They should be historically accurate and steeped in the sense of time and place. We should recognize totems and taboos, food, clothing, vocations, leisure activities, customs, smells, religions, literature, and all that goes into making one time and one place unique from another.”


Inquiries from authors, publishers and the media should be directed to:

John Grimaldi      917.846.8485