The Lincoln Prize at Gettysburg College shall be awarded annually by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, or the American Civil War soldier, or a subject relating to their era. The prize will generally go to a book but in rare instances an important article or essay might be honored. The prize is intended chiefly to encourage outstanding new scholarship, but a lifetime contribution to the study of Lincoln, or the American Civil War soldier, may qualify for the award. Each year any work that appears during the previous year may be eligible for consideration. Publishers, critics, and authors may submit books published in 2009 by November 1. For more information and instructions on how to apply, see the Lincoln Prize page.