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Prizes

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/

BACLS Executive Committee members will judge the entries and award prizes to the submissions they consider to be the best in each category. Authors/Editors of winning entries will receive £150. Entrants are required to be members of BACLS in 2017. Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2018.

Entrants are welcome to send their work at any point before 31 January, 2018. Electronic copies are preferred, and need to be sent directly to prize coordinators (see below). Entrants who would like to send hard copies of monographs or edited collections are welcome to do so; however, hard copies will not be returned.

 

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:  t.c.baker@abdn.ac.uk

 

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.

Email: sadiseshiah@lincoln.ac.uk

 

The BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize:

For the BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize, entrants are required to be registered for a postgraduate programme in Great Britain at the time of the deadline, as well as BACLS members. In cases where entrants have completed their studies or are between programmes, they need to have been registered on a postgraduate programme for the year of the prize. 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.

Email: Ben.Davies@port.ac.uk