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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 current individual 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  timestamped by 11:59p (central time) on June 1 and should include the following materials via email:
  • Current NWSA invidiual membership
  • Cover letter (be sure to indicate if any material from the manuscript has been previously published)
  • C.V.
  • Proposal, including a 4-5 page overview of the scope of the project and analysis of competing titles
  • Complete manuscript, at least 150 double spaced pages, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, saved as a PDF
  • Submit materials as attachments to a single email. In the email subject line, include “Last name_Year NWSA/UIP First Book Prize Submission.”
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 the end of July.

Please direct all questions and submissions to:

Dawn Durante
Senior Acquisitions Editor
University of Illinois Press
durante9@illinois.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: