Book Prize

Call for MSA Book Prize Nominations

The Modernist Studies Association (MSA) will announce its call for nominations for three book prizes to be awarded in the fall of 2023 in the coming months:

  • The MSA Book Prize
  • The MSA First Book Prize
  • The MSA Edition, Anthology, and Collection Prize

All prizes recognize books published in 2022 that made a significant contribution to the field of modernist studies. For the details of each prize, see the relevant sections below.

General queries about the prizes can be emailed to Janine Utell, Past President.

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 2022. The prize is given each year to a work that makes a significant contribution to modernist studies. The winner will receive $1000 plus up to $600 toward travel expenses to the October 2023 MSA conference in Brooklyn, NY, 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 three jurors, to be announced in early 2023.

Publishers and authors should know that books must be received by committee members no later than April 15, 2023. Books arriving after that date may be considered for the prize but are not guaranteed consideration. Self-nomination is encouraged, as it saves a step in the process and helps assure timely receipt of books. Whether a book is nominated by the author, by their publisher, or by someone else plays no role in the committee's deliberations.

Please note also that books published in years other than 2022 are ineligible. Such submissions will not be returned.

Eligibility

  • Nominated books should not be the author’s first published 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;
  • Nominated books must bear a first copyright date of 2022, 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 acknowledge first books by new authors published with a copyright date of 2022. The prize is given each year to a first published book that makes a significant contribution to modernist studies. The winner receives $1,000 plus up to $600 toward travel expenses to the October 2023 MSA Conference in Brooklyn NY, 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 each of three jurors, to be announced in early 2023.

Please let the publisher know that books must be received by committee members no later than April 15, 2023. 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, by their publisher, or by someone else plays no role in the committee's deliberations.

Please note also that books published in years other than 2022 are ineligible. Such submissions will not be returned.

Eligibility

  • Nominated books must be the author’s first published 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;
  • Nominated books must bear a first copyright date of 2022, 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 Collection Prize

The Modernist Studies Association seeks nominations for this year’s MSA Edition, Anthology, and Collection Prize, offered every other year, which will honor books with a copyright date of 2021 or 2022. The prize is given every other year to a work that makes a significant contribution to modernist studies. The winner will receive $1000 plus up to $600 toward travel expenses to the October 2023 MSA conference in Brooklyn, NY, where the award will be presented.

Instructions

To nominate a book for the MSA Edition, Anthology, and Collection Prize, please ask the publisher to send a hard copy of the nominated book to each of three jurors, to be announced in early 2023.

Publishers and authors should know that books must be received by committee members no later than April 15, 2023. Books arriving after that date may be considered for the prize but are not guaranteed consideration. Self-nomination is encouraged, as it saves a step in the process and helps assure timely receipt of books. Whether a book is nominated by the author, by their publisher, or by someone else plays no role in the committee's deliberations.

Please note also that books published in years other than 2021 or 2022 are ineligible. Such submissions will not be returned.

Eligibility

  • Nominated books should not be the author’s first published 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;
  • Nominated books must bear a first copyright date of 2021 or 2022, 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 Book or First Book Prizes.