2021 Ward Award; 2022 Nominations

Nominations Open for FDC Writing Award
For Works Published In 2022

Nominations will be accepted through May 30, 2023, for the Philip H. Ward Award for Excellence in First Day Cover Literature, presented annually by the American First Day Cover Society. All works published in 2022 are eligible.

All articles published in First Days, the AFDCS journal, are automatically considered. Others may be submitted to the Ward Award Committee chair, Mark Goodson, 315 East Dewey Street, Ellettsville, IN 47429-1901, bgdsn@comcast.net, either as clippings or .pdf scans of the articles as published.

The award is presented each year at Americover, the annual convention of the AFDCS, which will be held August 10-13, as part of Great American Stamp Show 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. A complete list of past winners can be found here.

Past works honored by the AFDCS reflect a wide variety of sources: Last year's winner was a book, Carol Gordon: Unconventional Cachetmaker by Susan Bahnick Jones. The winners in both 2020 and 2019 —“The Fight for the Women’s Right to Vote" by Kris McIntosh and "Which Items Franked with 1913 Parcel Post Stamps Are Authentic U.S. First Day Covers?” by Ken Lawrence, respectively — were originally published in The American Philatelist.

The award is named in honor of Philip H. Ward (1890-1963), the distinguished Philadelphia stamp collector, dealer and journalist who was a pioneer in the field of first day covers. The award was instituted by the AFDCS in 1964 largely at the urging of David S. Zubatsky, who won it several times — but his first Ward was not until 2011. He passed away last fall.

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