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:

2023 Winners

Winner, Goldsmith Book Prize: Trade

Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took On a World At War

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Winner, Goldsmith Book Prize: Academic

News Hole: The Demise of Local Journalism and Political Engagement

Winner of the 2023 Goldsmith Book Prize: Academic CategoryView the story
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