Annual Book Award

Presented at the spring convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures

Manuscripts currently under review with a press will not be considered for this award.

Application Deadline: October 15


Normally two manuscripts are selected for prizes, one on English language literature and one on literature in one of the other modern languages, but the NeMLA book committee may choose not to make one award or both in a year if it feels the manuscripts are not worthy of honorable mention and publication.

The prize includes: 

  • A $750 cash prize
  • NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion).

The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting, held at the free Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's spring convention.


For consideration, please email the following to

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

Criteria for Annual Book Award

  • The author must be a current NeMLA member with a demonstrated commitment to NeMLA (a convention participant, or a member for at least one year in the last five years). 
  • Manuscripts must be written in English.
  • Unrevised dissertations and masters theses will not be considered for this award.
  • Manuscripts under review or under contract with a publisher will not be considered for this award.