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About the TCU Texas Book Award

The Friends of the TCU Library and TCU Press are co-sponsors of the 2022 TCU Texas Book Award. A prize of $5,000 is given to the author of the best book about Texas. Fiction, nonfiction, art, photography and other books will be considered; juvenile, young-adult, drama or film scripts, and self-published works are excluded. Deadline for entries is Thursday, September 30, 2021.

How to Enter

  1. Only one book by any author will be considered.
  2. Books must have been published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020 to be eligible for the 2022 award.
  3. The winner will be notified by Friday, January 14, 2022.

  4. Authors, publishers, agents, or any interested party may make submissions.
  5. Each entry must include the entrant's address, phone number, and email.
  6. Send three copies of the book to:
    TCU Press
    3000 Sandage
    Fort Worth, Texas 76109
  7. Clearly mark the package for the "TCU Texas Book Award.”
  8. Books must be postmarked by September 30, 2021, to be eligible
  9. No acknowledgement of entries will be sent, and books cannot be returned.
  10. Works published by TCU Press, or by TCU faculty and personnel, are not eligible for this competition.

The Award

The presentation of $5,000 and a certificate will be made at a dinner hosted by the Friends of the TCU Library at Texas Christian University on Thursday, April 14, 2022. The author of the winning title is expected to attend and deliver remarks.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dan Williams, Director of the TCU Press, by phone at 817-257-5907 or email d.e.williams@tcu.edu.

2019 Texas Book Award Winner

Monica Muñoz Martinez
The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas
Harvard University Press, 2018

Between 1910 and 1920, vigilantes and law enforcement—including the renowned Texas Rangers—killed Mexican residents with impunity. The full extent of the violence was known only to the relatives of the victims. Monica Muñoz Martinez turns to the keepers of this history to tell this riveting and disturbing story.

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TCU Texas Book Award Winners

Cover of The Injustice Never Leaves You

2019

Monica Muñoz Martinez
The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas

Monica Muñoz Martinez, author of The Injustice Never Leaves You.
Cover of Buffalo Trail

2016

Jeff Guinn
Buffalo Trail: A Novel of the American West (A Cash McLendon Novel)

Jeff Guinn, author of Buffalo Trail.
Cover of A Thousand Deer

2013

Rick Bass
A Thousand Deer: Four Generations of Hunting and the Hill Country

Rick Bass, author of A Thousand Deer.
Cover of Empire of the Summer Moon

2011

S. C. Gwynne
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

Sam C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon.
Cover of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life

2009

Joe Nick Patoski
Willie Nelson: An Epic Life

Joe Nick Patoski, author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
Cover of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

2007

Timothy Egan
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Cover of The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

2005

Scott Zesch
The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

Scott Zesch, author of The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier
Cover of Our Land Before We Die

2003

Jeff Guinn
Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro

Jeff Guinn, author of Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro
Cover of The Gates of the Alamo

2001

Stephen Harrigan
The Gates of the Alamo

Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo

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