Call for Nominations: 2018 Lydia Maria Child Society Social Justice Awards (Deadline 4.15.2018)

In keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice, the Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to offer three awards recognizing scholarship and creative work that furthers social change: one for faculty or other professionals, one for scholars/artists at the graduate level, and one for high school and undergraduate students. Child routinely wrote on behalf of the marginalized, emerging as a passionate advocate for slaves, Native Americans, prisoners, prostitutes, and even animals, among a host of others. Our society aims to recognize academic writing, pedagogical endeavors, or creative projects that, like Child’s work, speak to pressing social causes or that foreground the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce socially conscious writing. To apply for either award or to nominate a colleague, friend, or student, please send to by April 15, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email, a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s literary scholarship or creative work engages with current social justice concerns. You are also welcome, though not required, to include a writing sample that demonstrates this engagement. These samples may take the form of essays (or essay excerpts), course syllabi, or descriptions of projects that explore the intersections between American literature/history and social justice outside the academic classroom.
Applications should be sent as Word documents and should not exceed 15 pages. While we will be happy to receive submissions that consider Child directly, Child need not be included in order for projects to be eligible; we welcome projects on a variety of authors, genres, periods, and/or concerns. Winners will be recognized at the upcoming American Literature Association conference in San Francisco (May 2018) and will receive a monetary award of $100, though they need not be present at the conference in order to be eligible for the award. We look forward to reading your submissions.