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First Book Prize

NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize Application Information

Application Deadline: June 1 each calendar year

The National Women's Studies Association and the University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce a competition for the best dissertation or first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women's and gender studies. Applicants must be National Women's Studies Association members.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Activism
  • Coloniality, postcoloniality and neo-imperialism
  • Cultural production (media, film, music, literature)
  • Feminist knowledge production
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • Feminist politics
  • Feminist science and environmental studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender and disability
  • Gender and globalization
  • Gender and labor practices
  • Gender and militarism
  • Gender and queer sexuality
  • Gender and violence
  • Gendered experiences of people of color
  • Girls studies
  • Global and transnational feminisms
  • Institutions and public policies
  • Intersectionality
  • Theories and practices of coalition
  • Transgender studies
  • Women of color feminisms
If a winner of the competition is selected, he or she will receive a publication contract with the University of Illinois Press. Runners up may also be considered for publication with the University of Illinois Press. Submitted dissertations must have been completed and defended within the three years prior to submission. All submissions must be postmarked by June 1 and should include the following materials:

Cover letter
C.V.
Proposal, including a 4-5 page overview of the scope of the project and analysis of competing titles
Complete unbound manuscript, at least 150 double spaced pages, 12 pt. Times New Roman font

Please mention the competition in your cover letter, and also indicate if any material from the manuscript has been previously published. The winner will be announced at NWSA's annual conference and will receive a $1,000 advance.

All submissions must be exclusive submissions to the University of Illinois Press for the duration of the contest, and finalists will be notified by mid-August.

Please direct all questions and submissions to:

Dawn Durante
Acquisitions Editor
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak St.
Champaign, IL 61820-6903
durante9@uillinois.edu
Submitted dissertations must have been completed and defended within the three years prior to submission. All submissions must be postmarked by June 1 and should include the following materials: