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Call for Readers: 2018 SSAWW Awards (Volunteer Deadline: TODAY – Friday 8.18.2017)

Request for Readers for the 2018 SSAWW Awards

Volunteer Deadline: August 18, 2017

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) was founded in 2000 in order to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. In support of that mission, the three awards were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goals to broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers, past and present. As we begin preparations for the 2018 SSAWW conference in Denver, the time has arrived once again to solicit volunteers to read for our 2018 Awards:

– Lifetime Achievement Award: The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field, as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship, and service. The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as the Vice President of Development from 2004 to 2009. Five readers are needed to evaluate nominations for this award.

– Book Award: The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award will recognize the monograph’s significant contributions to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the deadline for submission. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Edited collections and not eligible for the award. Three readers will be needed to evaluate nominations for this award.

– Edition Award: The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference in order to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Both print and digital collections are welcome. Three readers will be needed to evaluate nominations for this award.

Ideally, readers will represent SSAWW’s range of scholars and scholarship and be available to read submissions during a seven-month period between the closing date for the awards: January 1, 2018 and August 4, 2018. Award recipients will be announced at SSAWW’s 2018 conference. Note that readers for awards (including the VP of Development) are not eligible to submit their own work for consideration of a 2018 award in which they are directly involved.

If you are interested in serving as a reader for one of the following awards, please contact the VP of Development, Christopher Allen Varlack, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com by August 18, 2017. In the E-mail, please note the award that you would like to read for, your area(s) of specialty,

and academic rank (independent scholars are always welcome to serve). In addition, provide a PDF copy of your CV. If you have any questions, please let him know.

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