Book Prize

Call for MSA Book Prize Nominations

The Modernist Studies Association is pleased to announce the call for nominations for three book prizes:

  • The MSA Book Prize

  • The MSA First Book Prize

  • The MSA Edition, Anthology, and Collections Prize

All three prizes recognize books published in 2020 that made a significant contribution to the field of modernist studies. For details of each prize, see the relevant sections below.

Please email Matthew Hart, MSA Past President, with queries: mh2968@columbia.edu.

MSA Book Prize

The Modernist Studies Association seeks nominations for this year’s MSA Book Prize, which will honor books with a copyright date of 2020. The prize is given each year to a work that makes a significant contribution to modernist studies. The recipient will receive $1000 plus up to $600 toward travel expenses to the 4-7 November 2021 MSA conference in Chicago, IL, where the award will be presented.

Instructions

To nominate a book for the MSA Book Prize, please ask the publisher to send a hard copy of the nominated book to each of the three jurors:

Professor Debra Rae Cohen (Committee Chair)

    203 Ridge Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

Dr. Alix Beeston

    ENCAP, Cardiff University, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU, UK

Professor Aarthi Vadde

    Duke University - English Dept., 303 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708, USA

NB: Please mail packages to Professor Vadde by US Postal Service; if using a different carrier, do not require signature for delivery.

Please let the publisher know that books must be received by committee members no later than 1 April 2021. Books arriving after that date may be considered for the prize but are not guaranteed consideration. Self-nomination is strongly encouraged, as it saves a step in the process and helps assure timely receipt of books. Whether a book is nominated by the author or by someone else plays no role in the Committee's deliberations.

Please note also that books published in years other than 2020 are ineligible. Such submissions will not be returned.

Eligibility

  • Nominated books are strongly encouraged to not be the author’s first book. Authors and publishers of first books are encouraged to enter the MSA First Book Prize, which is described below.

  • Collaborative and multi-authored books are eligible.

  • Scholarly editions, collections of essays, anthologies, and similar edited volumes are not eligible for the MSA Book Prize. Editors and publishers of such volumes should consider nominating them for the MSA’s Edition, Anthology, and Collections Prize, which is described below.

  • Nominated books must bear a first copyright date of 2020, regardless of when the book actually appeared in print. This provision applies even if a new edition (paperback or revised, for example) was published in the award year.

  • Printed books and born-digital books are both eligible.

  • Nominated authors need not be members of the MSA.

  • A book may be nominated only once, either for this prize or for the MSA First Book Prize.

MSA First Book Prize

The Modernist Studies Association seeks nominations for its First Book Prize, which will honor first books with a copyright date of 2020. The prize is given each year to a first book that makes a significant contribution to modernist studies. The winner receives $1,000 plus up to $600 toward travel expenses to the MSA Conference, where the award is presented.

Instructions

To nominate a book for the MSA First Book Prize, please ask the publisher to send a hard copy of the nominated book to the following jurors:

Professor Peter Kalliney (Committee Chair)

    English Department, University of Kentucky, 1215 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington KY 
 40506, USA

Professor Nicole Rizzuto

    3206 Wisconsin Ave NW,  Apt. 88, Washington, DC 2001

An electronic copy of the nominated book should be sent via email to:

Professor Nadia Nurhussein

    nnurhus1@jhu.edu

Please let the publisher know that books must be received by committee members no later than 1 April 2021. Books arriving after that date may be considered for the prize but are not guaranteed consideration. Self-nomination is strongly encouraged, as it saves a step in the process and helps assure timely receipt of books. Whether a book is nominated by the author or by someone else plays no role in the Committee's deliberations.

Please note also that books published in years other than 2020 are ineligible. Such submissions will not be returned.

Eligibility

  • Nominated books must be the author’s first book.

  • Collaborative and multi-authored books are eligible.

  • Scholarly editions, collections of essays, anthologies, and similar edited volumes are ineligible for the MSA First Book Prize. Editors and publishers of such volumes should consider nominating them for the MSA’s Edition, Anthology, and Collections Prize, as described below.

  • Nominated books must bear a first copyright date of 2020, regardless of when the book actually appeared in print. This provision applies even if a new edition (paperback or revised, for example) was published in the award year.

  • Printed books and born-digital books are both eligible.

  • Nominated authors need not be members of the MSA

  • A book may be nominated only once, either for this prize or for the MSA Book Prize

MSA Edition, Anthology, and Collections Prize

The Modernist Studies Association seeks nominations for its Edition, Anthology, and Collections Prize, which will honor volumes with a copyright date of 2019 or 2020. The prize is given every other year to a volume that makes a significant contribution to modernist studies. The winner receives $1,000 plus up to $600 toward travel expenses to the MSA Conference, where the award is presented.

Instructions

To nominate a book for the MSA Edition, Anthology, and Collections Prize, please ask the publisher to send a hard copy of the nominated book to each of the three prize jurors:

Dr. Julia Jordan (Committee Chair)

    Department of English Language and Literature, University College London,

    Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK.

Professor Andrew Epstein

    1101 Mimosa Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32312, USA

Professor Amanda Golden

    2-01 50th Ave., Apt. 7e, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA

Please let the publisher know that books must be received by committee members no later than 1 April 2021. Books arriving after that date may be considered for the prize but are not guaranteed consideration. Self-nomination is strongly encouraged, as it saves a step in the process and helps assure timely receipt of books. Whether a book is nominated by the author or by someone else plays no role in the Committee's deliberations.

Please note also that books published in years other than 2019 and 2020 are ineligible. Such submissions will not be returned.

Eligibility

  • Collaborative and multi-authored or -edited books are eligible.

  • Nominated books must bear a first copyright date of 2019 or 2020, regardless of when the book actually appeared in print. This provision applies even if a new edition (paperback or revised, for example) was published in the award year.

  • Printed books and born-digital books are both eligible.

  • Nominated authors/editors need not be members of the MSA