01/09/2020 – American Literature 1921 prize

American literature prize

What, when & where

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 2021 MLA awards ceremony.

Deadline & how to apply

• Submissions must be published during the calendar year of 2020. 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. [Because COVID-19 has disrupted publication timelines, the ALS will consider any article to be published in a 2020 issue of a journal, even if the journal appears in print later.]

•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: http://www.als-mla.org/als/membership/

•Please send an electronic copy of the nominated essay (PDF preferred) to the Prize Committee by September 1, 2020 at 1921prize2020@gmail.com.

Other info, Links & conditions


If you have any questions, please contact Katy Chiles, American Literature Society Chair, kchiles1@utk.edu.

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