2022 Center for History and Culture Summerlee Book Prize

Call for Submissions

The Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast at Lamar University requests submissions for its annual Summerlee Book Prize. The Center awards two $1000 prizes in non-fiction and creative categories for the best book-length publications that significantly contribute to our understanding of Southeast Texas and the greater Gulf Coast. The Center encourages submissions that focus on our core region or positions it within broader national, hemispheric, or global contexts.  

To accommodate the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the Center will consider books published and copyrighted between 2020 to 2022 not previously submitted to the Summerlee Book Prize. Self-published or unpublished manuscripts are not eligible. Publishers and authors may nominate their work by sending three copies by March 1, 2022 to:

Jimmy L. Bryan Jr., Director
The Center for History and Culture
Lamar University
Box 10048
Beaumont, Tx 77710

Please designate to which category the Center should assign the submission.

The non-fiction category may include but is not limited to history, journalism, environmental studies, literary and art history, material culture, political science, archaeology.

The creative category may include but is not limited to novels, poetry, short story collections, graphic novels.

Separate panels of three judges will select the award winners. The judges may withhold awards in one or both categories.

The Center will announce award winners for the non-fiction and creative writing categories in April 2022.

All awards made possible by a generous grant from
The Summerlee Foundation

Past Summerlee Book Prize Winners



Christopher Lee Manes, Naming the Leper: Poems (LSU Press, 2020).


Barrie Scardino Bradley, Improbable Metropolis: Houston’s Architectural and Urban History (University of Texas Press, 2020).



Cody Smith, Gulf: Poems (Texas Review Press, 2019).

Sophie White, Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

Honorable Mention

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Newsworthy: Poems (Bloomsday, 2019).



Merline Pitre, Born to Serve: A History of Texas Southern University (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018).

Cameron B. Strang, Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).

Honorable Mention

Johnnie Bernhard, How We Came to Be (Texas Review Press, 2018).



Gretchen Johnson, Single in Southeast Texas (Golden Antelope Press, 2017).

Ellen Riesntra and Jo Ann Stiles, The Long Shadow: The Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty (Tower Books, 2016).