Women in German Studies are delighted to announce their new prize for first books, sponsored by Peter Lang. Members of WiGS who are preparing their first book for publication are encouraged to submit proposals. All topics within German Studies are welcome. The winning book will be selected by the WiGS committee and the commissioning editor for German Studies at Peter Lang Oxford will present the prize at the annual WiGS conference. The winner of the prize will receive £150.
The general guidelines are:
- T&Cs – This yearly competition is open to all members of Women in German Studies, with the exception of committee members, who have not yet published a book. It is possible to join the society when sending in submissions.
- Dates – Book proposals should be submitted by 1 September 2015. Presentation of the prize-winning proposal and award ceremony will take place at the Women in German Studies annual meeting, which this year will be held at Durham University, 6-7 November 2015.
- Prize – The prize consists of £150 for the winner.
- Entry Specifications – Proposals must be for a book in either English or German;
(a) The proposed book must be an original work of which the entrant is the author or the scholarly editor and translator; in the latter case, a substantial introduction and commentary should be part of it;
(b) The proposal must consist of an abstract (both in English and in German), CV and a sample chapter between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length, to be submitted electronically as Word documents, with numbered pages, to the Secretary of WiGS, Katya Krylova (email@example.com), by 1 September 2015.
- Judges – The committee of WiGS will decide on the winning essay; the top choices will also be considered by the commissioning editor for Peter Lang’s publishing programme, including Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly’s Women in German Literature series.
Any enquiries relating to the prize should be emailed to the Secretary of WiGS (firstname.lastname@example.org).