“Teddy,” my father once said to me, “become a lawyer, and I guarantee you’ll make a million bucks by the time you’re thirty. I remember looking him in the eye and saying, “Pop, I think I want to be a writer instead.”

—Thomas Fleming

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History is pleased and excited to announce the Thomas Fleming Awards for Outstanding Military History Writing.

Tom Fleming, who died in July 2017, was a valued contributor to MHQ and a prolific historian whose writing career spanned more than 50 years. He went to great lengths to encourage young writers and to advance his profession in the public eye.

MHQ aims to honor Fleming’s remarkable contributions to the field by inviting our readers—some of the world’s most knowledgeable professional and amateur military historians—to submit original, unpublished articles on any topic that relates to military history. The winner of the general prize will be awarded $5,000, with his or her article featured in a future issue of MHQ. We are also offering a $1,500 prize for the best article submitted by a student.

The Fine Print

The article, on a topic pertaining to military history, must be original and must not have been published elsewhere in whole or in part. Articles must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. One submission per entrant. Those submitting articles for the student prize must be enrolled in a master’s-level program or lower at the time of submission (subject to verification). Articles submitted must note the entrant’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and whether the entry is for the general prize or the student prize. Entries must be emailed to MHQwritingawards@historynet.com with the subject line: Thomas Fleming Awards. The deadline for all submissions is June 30, 2018. Entries will be acknowledged by email.