We invite submissions for the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize. The prize is awarded to the author of a scholarly book-length manuscript in eighteenth-century studies, including the Americas and the Atlantic world. Submissions may be in history (including history of science), literature, philosophy, or the arts. The competition is held annually. The winner of the Cowen Prize will receive a $5,000 award and will be offered an advance publishing contract by the University of Virginia Press. The prize honors the late Walker Cowen, second Director of the Press from 1969 until his death in 1987. Click here for an official application form.
Request an application form or send queries to: Angie Hogan The University of Virginia Press PO Box 400318 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4318 firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline To be considered for the 2024 award, manuscripts should be submitted no later than November 1, 2023. Manuscripts will not be returned. Foreign-language works first published in Europe will also be considered for the prize and for translation into English. Announcement of the winning manuscript will be made in April 2024.
Michael B. Prince The Shortest Way with Defoe: Robinson Crusoe, Deism, and the Novel
Melissa J. Ganz Public Vows: Fictions of Marriage in the English Enlightenment
Jacob Sider Jost Prose Immortality, 1711-1819
Francesca Saggini Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theater Arts
Theresa Braunschneider Our Coquettes: Capacious Desire in the Eighteenth Century
Suvir Kaul Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire: English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century
Lisa Jane Graham If the King Only Knew: Seditious Speech in the Reign of Louis XV
Catherine Cusset No Tomorrow: The Ethics of Pleasure in the French Enlightenment
Elizabeth Wanning Harries The Unfinished Manner: Essays on the Fragment in the Later Eighteenth Century