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Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

The Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award will be given to the best book of the year that illuminates the heritage of North America’s mid-continental prairies, whether of the tall-grass, mid-grass, or short-grass regions. Authors’ first books receive extra consideration.

From its founding, Prairie Heritage Institute, Inc. has had a special focus on the African-American settlements of the Flint Hills of Kansas; therefore, books exploring non-European prairie heritage are especially welcome. Also encouraged are books that confront the question of prairie ways of life-how denizens of the prairie, human and non-human, have lived or can live together without the destruction and exterminations that have characterized the past.


Books may be in any genre, and topics may include but are not limited to social or natural history; prairie culture of the past or in-the-making; and interactions between society and ecology.


Prairie Heritage and Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge


The Prairie Heritage Book Award comes with a cash prize of $1,000.00 and a sponsored book-signing.


April 30, 2016


  • Books published in 2015 are eligible for the 2016 book award.
  • Reading begins immediately. Books may be submitted any time up to April 30, 2016.
  • There is no application fee.
  • Books may be nominated by publishers, authors, or readers by sending two copies to:
    Prairie Heritage Book Award
    Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
    11003 Lower McDowell Rd.
    Junction City, Kansas 66441


For more information, contact Margy Stewart, Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge, 11003 Lower McDowell Rd., Junction City, Kansas 66441, 785.539.5592,,


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