Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies


The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies is the largest public collection and the only university research archive in the world dedicated solely to John Steinbeck's life and work. The Center promotes Steinbeck's goals of empathy and understanding by supporting education, inquiry, and the literary arts through fellowships, awards, and publications.

Steinbeck in the Schools is the Center’s educational outreach program which supports teachers and students around the world in their study of Steinbeck and his writing.

The Steinbeck Award

The John Steinbeck Award - "In the Souls of the People" - is given annually to writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures the spirit of Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of all people.. 

Steinbeck Fellowship

The Steinbeck Fellows Program at San Jose State University offers a $10,000 fellowship to new writers working to finish a significant project. Fellows may be appointed in many fields, including literary scholarship, fiction, drama, education, science, and the media.

Louis Owens Essay Prize

The Louis Owens Prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student whose work focuses on Steinbeck or related subjects.

The Steinbeck Review

Printed bi-annually, the Steinbeck Review is a peer-reviewed journal published in collaboration with Penn State University Press. The journal explores the life and works of John Steinbeck.