Awards & Prizes

The Goldsmith Book Prize

About the award

The Goldsmith Book Prize is awarded to the trade and academic book published in the United States in the last 24 months that best fulfills the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics and public policy. Recent Goldsmith Book Prizes have been awarded to books about political journalism, the history of news, news and political polarization, internet freedom, local news and digital democracy. Books that are not on the topic of media and politics will not be considered.

Financial support for the Goldsmith Awards Program is provided by an annual grant from the Goldsmith Fund of the Greenfield Foundation. The program is administered by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Rules and Information


Submissions for the 2023 Goldsmith Book Prize have now closed. The deadline to submit was December 16, 2022, 11:59pm ET. Entries for the 2023 Goldsmith Book Prize must have been published between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022. Books outside the defined category are not eligible for an award and will not be reviewed by the award committee. All submissions must be in English. Edited volumes will not be accepted.

Prize Money

$5,000 is awarded to the winner in each category.

Submission Info

Submissions for the 2023 Goldsmith Book Prize have closed. Check back in the fall to submit a book for the 2024 prize.


Please contact Lindsay Underwood at the Shorenstein Center:

2022 Winners

Winner, Goldsmith Book Prize: Trade

You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War

From the publisher (Public Affairs):

Kate Webb, an Australian iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French daredevil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade.

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Winner, Goldsmith Book Prize: Academic

Choosing the Future: Technology and Opportunity in Communities

From the Publisher (Oxford University Press)

Digital information drives participation in politics, the economy, and society. Yet great disparities exist as to which communities have access to the internet. In 2017, only half of residents of formerly industrial Flint, Michigan, had broadband or satellite internet at home, while over 90 percent of those in thriving Sunnyvale, California, in Silicon Valley, were connected.

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