The Annual Hendricks Award is given to the best book or book-length manuscript relating to any aspect of New Netherland and the Dutch colonial experience in North America up to 1776 and its legacy. The award carries a prize of $5,000, as well as a framed print of Len Tantillo’s painting Fort Orange and the Patroon’s House. The prize-winner, chosen by a five-member panel of scholars, is selected in May or June.
Entries must be based on research completed or published within two years prior to submission. Manuscripts may deal with any aspect of the Dutch colonial experience, as defined above. Biographies of individuals whose careers illuminate aspects of the history of New Netherland and its aftermath are eligible, as are manuscripts dealing with literature and the arts, provided that the methodology is historical. Co-authored books are eligible, but edited collections of articles are not, nor are works of fiction or works of article length. An entry may be a self-nomination, an outside nomination, or in response to invitations to submit from Hendricks Award readers.
Submissions will be judged on three criteria: their contribution to the scholarly understanding of New Netherland and the Dutch colonial experience in North America and/or the legacy of that experience, the quality of the research, and the quality of the writing.
Three copies of a published book or three clear, readable photocopies of the manuscript must be submitted with a letter of intent to enter. Copies cannot be returned. Alternatively, manuscript submissions may be in PDF format. The 2022 category is recently completed dissertations and unpublished book-length manuscripts.
Send PDF submissions by February 15th to nni@newnetherlandinstitute.