The 1921 Prize in American Literature (Deadline: 9.1.2019)

The 1921 Prize in American Literature

The American Literature Society is pleased to invite submissions for the 1921 prize, which is awarded annually for the best article in any field of American literature. The prize is named for the year the organization was initially founded “to promote and diversify the study of American Literature.” Judged by a panel comprised of members of the American Literature Society Advisory Board and other scholars in the field, the competition will be divided in two categories: one for tenured faculty and one for graduate students, scholars in contingent positions, and untenured faculty members. The winner will be announced at the 2020 MLA awards ceremony.

Rules for competition:

• Submissions must be published during the calendar year of 2019.  For submissions that have not yet appeared in print by the September 1 deadline, authors are requested to provide verification that their essay will be published within the calendar year.

•No person may nominate more than one essay in a given year.

•Articles must appear in one of the following journals: African American Review; American Literary History; American Literary Realism; American Literature; American Periodicals; American Quarterly; Callaloo; Early American Literature;ESQ; J19; Journal of Ethnic American Literature; Legacy; MELUS; Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS); Resources for American Literary Study; Studies in American Fiction; and Studies in American Indian Literatures. Essays that appear elsewhere will not be considered.

•Authors must be members of the American Literature Society. If you haven’t already, please join! Membership is free—just go to:

•Please send an electronic copy of the nominated essay (PDF preferred) to the Prize Committee by September 1, 2019 at

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Mielke, American Literature Society Chair,


Research Society of American Periodicals 2016-17 Article Prize (Deadline 12.01.2017)

The Research Society of American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2016-17 Article Prize.

The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.

The Article Prize is designed for early-career scholars. Graduate students and those who received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2012 are eligible to apply.

The prizewinner will be awarded $1000. The prizewinner and two honorable mentions will also be provided with a one-year membership to the Research Society of American Periodicals, which includes a subscription to the society’s journal, American Periodicals.

The winner and two honorable mentions will be invited to participate in an RSAP Article Prize Roundtable held at the 2018 American Literature Association conference, to be held from May 24-27 in San Francisco, CA. All roundtable participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses related to the conference (up to $1000).

To apply, please email a .pdf version of the article and a completed registration form to Benjamin Fagan at

The registration form can be found here:

In order to be considered, all submissions must be received by December 1, 2017.

CFP: Pauline Hopkins Society Scholar Award (Deadline 04.15.2017)

2017 – Pauline Hopkins Scholar Award

The Pauline Hopkins Society ( is pleased to announce its second bi-annual competition for the best essay or book chapter on Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016.  If you have published an essay or chapter that discusses Hopkins and/or her work, we invite you to consider entering before the April 15, 2017 deadline.

Because entries will be judged through a system of blind reviewing we recommend that any self-citation, either in the body or in notes, be reworked to the third person.

How to Enter:

Essays should be double-spaced throughout, with your name appearing only on the cover sheet, along with your institutional mailing address and e-mail address.

Please send essay as a pdf email attachment by April 15, 2017 to:

The award of a $100 cash prize will be presented during a special ceremony commemorating Hopkins and her work in Boston during the American Literature Association annual conference in May 2017.

Prizes: SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Awards Announced

SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Graduate Student Paper Awards, which recognize the exemplary work that graduate students presented at the recent SSAWW conference in Philadelphia, PA. This contest is separate from the best paper award sponsored by Legacy. Awards include a prize of $250 for first place and $150 for second place. 
The following winning papers were selected among 32 entries:
First place
Julia Dauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Maureen Cummins: Bookmaking and the Nineteenth-Century Archive”
Second place
Kimberly Farris, UNC Chapel Hill, “Educating the Nation: Pedagogical Nationalism and Female Utopias in Augusta Jane Evans’s Macaria
Honorable Mention 
Faune Albert, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “(Re)writing Histories in the Crossing: Natasha Trethewey and the Poetics of the Miscegenated Body”
Mark B. Kelley, University of California, San Diego, “‘An Offense without Feeling’: Confederate Pirates of Sympathy and Maria Cummins’s Haunted Hearts (1864).”
SSAWW thanks the 2015 Graduate Student Award Committee members: Conseula Francis (College of Charleston), Lisa West (Drake University), and Amy Hobbs Harris (Central State University). 
All 2015 award winners are recognized on SSAWW’s website:
Kristin J. Jacobson
Associate Professor of American Literature, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Stockton University

Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes: RSAP Article Prize for Early-Career Scholars (3.10.16)

RSAP Article Prize 

The Research Society for American Periodicals announces the $1000 article prize for 2016.

The prize will be awarded to the best article on American periodicals by an early-career scholar – that is, one who is pre-tenure, non-tenure, or independent, within five years of degree conferral – published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.

The prize winner will be announced at the 2016 American Literature Association (ALA) conference, to be held in San Francisco, CA May 26-29, 2016.

Articles will be judged by a panel of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.

Applicants must  submit a registration form (details below), CV, and one .pdf file copy of their articles to Cynthia Patterson at by midnight March 10, 2016. The winner will be notified by April 1, 2016 and announcement of prize winners will be made at the RSAP reception at the ALA conference. The first place winner will be awarded a prize of $1000 to help finance his or her trip to the ALA conference. Applicants to the RSAP article prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their articles. Members join RSAP by subscribing to the journal American Periodicals, published by the Ohio State University Press. Information on subscribing can be found on the journal’s web site: To request an article prize registration form, and for further information, please contact Cynthia Patterson at

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships Reminder: The deadline for MHS-NEH support is January 15, 2016!

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships
Reminder: The deadline for MHS-NEH support is January 15, 2016!

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than three dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017, including two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2015 their stipend, governed by an NEH formula, was $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-one organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for eight or more weeks of research at participating institutions.

For more information, please visit, email or phone 617-646-0568. MHS-NEH application deadline: January 15, 2016. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium deadline: February 1, 2016. Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship deadline: February 15, 2016. MHS Short-term Fellowship deadline: March 1, 2016.


SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Award 2015

SSAWW will present an award for the best paper by a graduate student at the 2015 SSAWW conference.

The Award

This award brings recognition and a monetary prize. First- and second-place winners will be awarded a monetary prize and publicly recognized on the SSAWW website. (Note: this award is separate from the Legacy award.)

A committee of three SSAWW members reads the submissions and selects the award winner(s).

Submission Instructions

Submit papers (single PDF or Word document) to the Vice President of Development, Kristin J. Jacobson (Kristin dot Jacobson at stockton dot edu) after the conference. Submissions should include:

1) The paper presented (no more than 2500 words)
2) The name of your panel
3) Contact information (name, institution, degree program, email)

You are welcome to revise the paper from its conference form, but please do not exceed 2500 words.

Deadline: 1 December 2015

Award Announcement: March 2016


SSAWW 2015 Conference * Philadelphia, Sheraton Society Hill * November 4-8, 2015

SSAWW Website: http://


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