University English Book Prize 2017 - closing date December 8th

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Entries are invited for the University English Book Prize, awarded annually for the best scholarly book by an early-career academic working in an English department affiliated to University English (formerly CCUE).

The 2017 prize will cover books with a 2016 date of publication. Eligible books include monographs, scholarly editions, and textbooks in all areas of English studies, including language and linguistics. Creative writing, translations, and bibliographies are not eligible.

Submitted books should be first books written by early-career researchers (including part-time staff).

Judges will consider the following criteria in making the award:

  1. originality: a significant contribution to understanding and knowledge of a field in English studies.
  2. significance: the timeliness of the work and its importance for the community of researchers and teachers.
  3. rigour: qualities such as intellectual scope, methodological precision and depth of scholarship.

The prize is worth £200 and the author of the winning entry will, where possible, be invited to deliver a research paper at either the conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) or at an Annual General Meeting of University English.

Submissions may be made either by Heads of Department or directly by individuals from any department affiliated to University English; there is no limit to the numbers of volumes that may be submitted, but departments must be current affiliates to University English. Two copies of each work should be sent directly to the appropriate Book Prize Panel Chair at one of the addresses below. The two addresses are given for administrative convenience only: all submissions will be overseen by both Panel Chairs, and judged as part of a single competition. Studies that address both literature and language may be sent to either address; and no work will be advantaged or disadvantaged on the basis of the area of study. We regret that it is not possible to return copies of books submitted.

Deadline for submission: Friday 8 December 2017

The prize-winner will be announced at the University English Annual General Meeting in 2018. Shortlisted authors will be notified via Heads of Department approximately two weeks before this, and the shortlist published on the University English website at

Books in English Literary Studies should be sent to:

Professor Fiona Robertson

University English Book Prize

Department of English Studies

Durham University

Elvet Riverside

New Elvet

Durham DH1 3JT


Books in English Language and Linguistics should be sent to:

Dr Andrew Kehoe

University English Book Prize

School of English

Birmingham City University

The Curzon Building

4 Cardigan Street

Birmingham B4 7BD


Alternatively, the book copies may be presented directly by your delegate to the University English OGM in London on 2 December 2017. Please also email details of the book submitted (author, title, publication date) to:;

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