Entries for this year’s prizes have now closed. The winners will be announced at our conference at Loughborough University, 10th-12th July 2018. Details of the categories as follows.
The BACLS Monograph Prize,The BACLS Edited Collection Prize and The BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize
Entries are invited for work published in 2017 in the English language on any area of ‘contemporary literary studies’. The working definition of ‘contemporary literary studies’ is to be interpreted in light of the BACLS Mission Statement:
The British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies brings together scholars and practitioners from across the UK and beyond in order to explore the current moment and its contexts. We are committed to literary studies in the broadest sense, including written, visual, performative and audible texts, in English and in other languages.
With the Mission Statement in mind, ‘contemporary’ is not to be treated simply as a period term (like Modernism or Victorianism); rather, the Association’s definition is characterised by a ‘rolling sense’ of the contemporary, and it is this that makes the field different. A corollary of this is that, while arguments can be had over ‘when the contemporary began’, a specific date cannot and should not be set. For a lengthier discussion of the term ‘contemporary’, please see: https://www.bacls.org/mission-statement/
Individual Prize Information
The BACLS Monograph Prize:
Prize coordinator: Dr Timothy C. Baker, School of Language, Literature, Music, and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 3UB. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The BACLS Edited Collection Prize:
Prize coordinator: Dr Siân Adiseshiah, School of English and Journalism, College of Arts, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS.
For the BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize, entrants are required to be: 1) either registered for a postgraduate programme in Great Britain at the time of the deadline; or 2) at the time of the deadline, within one year of completion of a postgraduate programme. Entrants must also be BACLS members. Proof of postgraduate student status needs to be sent to the prize coordinator in the form of an email from an academic connected to the relevant course of study. Essays must be between 5,000 and 11,000 words in length and published in a relevant peer reviewed journal in 2017.
Prize coordinator: Dr Ben Davies, School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth, Milldam, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3AS.