The BARS First Book Prize 2017

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The British Association for Romantic Studies

is delighted to announce

The British Association for Romantic Studies First Book Prize, 2017

Awarded biennially for the best first monograph in Romantic Studies, this prize is open to first monographs published between January 2015 and January 2017.  In keeping with the remit of the British Association for Romantic Studies, it is designed to encourage and recognise original, ground-breaking and interdisciplinary work in the literature and culture of the period 1780-1830.  The prize will be awarded to the value of £250 and will be presented at the BARS biennial conference, ‘Romantic Improvement’, to be held at the University of York in July 2017.

Eligibility and nomination procedures

The competition is open to scholarly monographs by authors who have not published a monograph before.  Books must be nominated through the BARS membership.  Nominations should attest to the importance of the book within the field, detailing its particular strengths and describing the nature of its original contribution.  They should be no longer than one side of A4 in length.  Please send nominations to the Secretary of BARS, Helen Stark (, by the closing date, January 31, 2017.  The BARS Executive will provide the panel of judges, which will be chaired by Professor Nigel Leask, University of Glasgow.