The Modernist Studies Association is proud to announce a brand new book prize to supplement our existing MSA Book Prize and MSA Prize for an Edition, Anthology, or Collection. The *new* MSA First Book Prize will be awarded annually to a first book published in the previous year. A panel of judges determines the book that made the most significant contribution to modernist studies. The winner receives $1,000 plus up to $600 toward travel expenses to the MSA Conference, where the award is presented.
- Nominated books must be the author’s first book (not including editions, collections, or anthologies), though they need not necessarily be single-authored
- Nominated books must bear a copyright date of the preceding year (e.g., for the inaugural 2016 Prize, the copyright date must be 2015, regardless of when the book actually appeared). This provision applies even if a new edition (paperback or revised, for example) was published in the award year.
- Nominated authors need not be members of the MSA
- A book may be nominated only once, either for this prize or for the MSA Book Prize.
A call for nominations will be issued and posted at https://msa.press.jhu.edu/prize/nominate.html once the adjudicting committee is constituted.