The Robert F. Trisco and
Nelson H. Minnich Prize

The Trisco-Minnich Prize at a Glance

Please be sure to consult the submission rules and the rest of the information on this page for the full award requirements.
What it is:

The Trisco-Minnich Prize honors outstanding editing of a work in Catholic Church History.

Who is eligible:

A book or journal editor. Journal editors must have at least five years’ tenure.

Awarded:

Annually. In 2024 (and all even years), the prize is for the editor of a published book.
In 2025 (and all odd years), the prize is for the editor of a journal or periodical.

Purse:

$1,500

Winner announcned:

Late 2024

Submission instructions:

Complete the online form with a 1-2 page nomination statement. Self-nominations and nominations of others are welcomed.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2024

About the Trisco-Minnich Prize

Rationale:
Edited works are frequently excluded from book prize competition. Yet the work of editing a book deserves recognition. Editors make others look good from behind the scenes: correcting errors (factual, grammatical, spelling, etc.), calling on authors to  provide context and clarifications, putting their work into a proper and attractive format. Editors of documents need to be able to decipher difficult handwritings, be experts in languages (grammar, spelling, etc,), knowledgeable about the historical context in which the document was created, able to identify persons and  events mentioned, have good judgment regarding preferred readings, etc. It is often meticulous work that goes unappreciated by the casual reader. The prize will give proper recognition to high quality editing. 

Criteria:
The winner(s) of the prize may be an editor(s) of a published book or editor(s) for at least five continuous years of a journal/periodical devoted to the history of Catholicism. The published book could include:

1) an annotated transcription or critical edition or translation of a historical document or collection of documents related to the history of Catholicism, or    

2) a collection of essays (recruiting leading scholars and also young experts) on an important particular theme and editing the essays so that they are in proper format, free of factual or other errors, with references to up-to-date scholarship, and providing an index.

Past Winners

Year Awardee Work
2023 Thomas Rzeznik and Nicholas Rademacher American Catholic Studies