NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize


Acquiring Editor: Dawn Durante

The University of Illinois Press and the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) are pleased to continue the annual competition for the best dissertation or first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women's and gender studies. Applicants must be National Women's Studies Association members.  The Press and NWSA seek nonfiction manuscripts that exemplify cutting-edge intersectional feminist scholarship, whether the area of focus is historical or contemporary. The competition is open to scholars from all disciplinary backgrounds, but the sponsoring organizations especially encourage work that speaks effectively across disciplines, and projects that offer new perspectives on concerns central to the field of women's and gender studies. If a winner of the competition is selected, he or she will receive a publication contract with the University of Illinois Press. All submissions must be postmarked by June 1 of each year.

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link to catalog page, Ecological Borderlands

Ecological Borderlands

Body, Nature, and Spirit in Chicana Feminism

Author: Christina Holmes
Pub Date: November 2016

Chicana feminists and their coalitions with human, nature, and spirit others   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sex Tourism in Bahia

Sex Tourism in Bahia

Ambiguous Entanglements

Author: Erica Lorraine Williams
Pub Date: December 2013

How sexism, racism, and socio-economic inequality interact in the Brazilian sex industry   learn more...