Early American Literature Book Prize

The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce a new award to be given annually for the best new academic book about American literature in the colonial period through the early republic (roughly 1830).  The prize is offered in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Press, the Society of Early Americanists, and the MLA’s Division on American Literature to 1800.

A purse of $2000 will accompany the award.

The prize will be awarded in even-numbered years to a first book and in odd-numbered years to an author’s second or later book.  Only monographs are eligible.

The selection committee will consist of the journal’s editor, advisory editor, and book review editor, as well as one representative from the SEA, appointed by the SEA executive committee, and one representative from the executive committee for the MLA’s Division on American Literature to 1800.

The first Early American Literature Book Prize will be awarded in June 2015.  Second or later books that appear between January 2013 and December 2014 are eligible for the 2015 award. 

Please direct inquiries to Professor Sandra M. Gustafson, the journal’s editor, at gustafson.6@nd.edu.