W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

About the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
This award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. Donated by William Young Boyd II.

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Award and Frequency

An annual award consisting of $5,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • Novel must have been published during the year prior to the award.
  • Incidents of war can constitute the main plot of the story or merely provide the setting.
  • Young adult and adult novels only.

Application Instructions

Complete the online application and send seven (7) copies of the book to

ALA Awards Program
Governance Office
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Information

Cheryl Malden (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2025) - cmalden@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-3247
Fax: 312 944-3897
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

  • Excellence of writing
  • Attention to detail
  • Accuracy
  • Ability to hold the reader's interest