The Marfield Prize 2019

Deadline extended to November 16 for submission of books to the Marfield Prize 2019 competition.


Books must be nonfiction titles written in English for a general audience by a single, living author and originally published in the United States during the current calendar year. Books may be about any artistic discipline (visual, literary, performing, or media arts, as well as cross-disciplinary works).

We seek art history and criticism, biographies and memoirs, and essays.

Anthologies, creative works of fiction or poetry, books for children, exhibition catalogs, and self-published books are not eligible.

Books scheduled to be published between the deadline of October 15 and December 31 may be sent in galley form. Please do not include promotional materials. All submitted material becomes the property of the Arts Club of Washington and will not be returned.


All books must be:

  • Nonfiction titles about any artistic discipline

  • Accessible to a broad audience of non- specialist readers

  • First edition books written by a single author

  • Published first in the United States during the current calendar year

  • Written in English, not a translation

  • The following are not eligible:

  • Self-published books

  • Anthologies

  • Creative works of fiction or poetry

  • Books for children

  • Exhibition catalogs

  • Glossaries

  • Academic publications

  • Translations

  • Books published prior to 2019

  • Books first published outside of the U.S.

  • Books with more than one author


Publishers, agents, or authors may submit books for consideration. There is no entry fee.

Three copies of the book should be submitted with the Marfield Prize Submission Form. Nominations must be received by October 29, 2019.

Mail entries in a sturdy box to:

Ito Briones, Chair of the Marfield Prize 2019
The Marfield Prize
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I (eye) Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-1804

Download the Marfield Prize Submission Form