BARS First Book Prize 2019-21: Call for Nominations

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The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) is delighted to announce the current round of The British Association for Romantic Studies First Book Prize, 2019-21.

Awarded biennially for the best first monograph in Romantic Studies, this prize is open to first books published between 1 January 2019 and 1 January 2021. In keeping with the remit of BARS, it is designed to encourage and recognise original, ground breaking and interdisciplinary work in the literature and culture of the period c.1780-1830. The prize will be awarded to the value of £250 and will be announced in August 2021. Up to three runners up will receive £100 each.

Eligibility and nomination procedures

The  competition  is  open  to  books  by  authors  who  have  not  published  a  monograph before. Authors must have  been  awarded their PhD after 2014 (i.e. on or after 1 January 2015). Books must be nominated through the BARS membership or by their publishers.  A nomination form can be downloaded below.

Copies of nominated books must be received by the committee by the closing date, 1st March, 2021. Books received after this date are not eligible for consideration.  

Please send four copies of each nominated book to the Panel of Judges:

Dr. David Fallon:; Prof. Francesca Saggini (Chair):; Dr. Tess Somervell:; Prof. Angela Wright:

In the current round of the BARS First Book Prize, books must be submitted as .pdf copies or free / open downloadable  copies. If  you  wish  to  send  paper  copies,  please  contact  Francesca  Saggini  for further instructions.