The Society of Civil War Historians awards three prizes for accomplished work in Civil War studies:
For the best book published on the causes, conduct, and effects, broadly defined, of the Civil War.
For the best paper written by a graduate student and given at the SCWH annual meeting.
For the best article written by an early career scholar (doctoral students at the writing stage up to PhDs not more than three years removed from having received their degree). Winning essays will be eligible to be published in the Journal of the Civil War Era.
For the best dissertation, defended in the previous calendar year, that takes the US Civil War as its main point of focus.