Gantz Zahler Grant for Jewish Nonfiction Publishing


8/6/12 Please note: the Gantz Zahler Grant is currently not being offered due to funding.

The Gantz Zahler Grant for Jewish Nonfiction Publishing is awarded biannually to a nonfiction book project that is under contract and reflects upon Jewish life, history, tradition, thought or culture. Established by Karen Gantz Zahler and Eric Zahler, the grant of $2,500 can cover any publication cost, including research, editorial, printing, marketing, or distribution. Proposals must include a contract or letter from an established publisher indicating intent to publish the completed work.


Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Work must be nonfiction, and must have a commitment to be published from a publisher. We cannot consider books that already have been published for this award.

Guidelines and Application

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are recommended by a panel of writers, publishers, and other literary professionals. More details about the selection process will be available with the next application.

Applicants are requested to submit five (5) copies of the application package.
Each package must include:

  • Submission Form
  • Author’s CV (including previous works)
  • Author’s Bio
  • Letter from publisher stating intent to publish
  • Publication budget highlighting where the $2,500 will be spent
  • 3- to- 5 page proposal describing the aims and content of the work
  • Up to ten (10) pages of a chapter (if already written)


The Gantz Zahler Grant was not offered in 2009.

Click here to see the 2007 application and guidelines.

Previous Grantees

In 2007, the Gantz Zahler Grant was awarded to Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University, and a preeminent scholar of Eastern European Jewry. Dr. Polonsky received the prize for his comprehensive study, The Jews in Poland-Lithuania and Russia 1250–1914, a two-volume work to be published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization.

In 2005, this grant was awarded to Zachary Braiterman for the publication of his dissertation, Aesthetics of Revelations: Buber, Rosenzweig and “The Spiritual in Art”, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2007. Click here to read. >

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Program Funder

The Gantz Zahler Grant for Jewish Nonfiction Publishing is supported through a generous gift from Karen Gantz Zahler and Eric Zahler.

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