June 1, 2014, is the next application deadline for the NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.
From the NWSA press release:
The National Women’s Studies Association and the University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce a 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.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coloniality, postcoloniality and neo-imperialism
- Cultural production (media, film, music, literature)
- Feminist knowledge production
- Feminist pedagogy
- Feminist politics
- Feminist science and environmental studies
- Feminist theory
- Gender and disability
- Gender and globalization
- Gender and labor practices
- Gender and militarism
- Gender and queer sexuality
- Gender and violence
- Gendered experiences of people of color
- Girls studies
- Global and transnational feminisms
- Institutions and public policies
- Theories and practices of coalition
- Transgender studies
- Women of color feminisms
If a winner of the competition is selected, he or she will receive a publication contract with the University of Illinois Press.
Previous winners include Erica Lorraine Williams’ Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements (published 2013), Sophie Richter-Devroe’s manuscript How Women Do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance, and Survival in Palestine, and Christina Holmes’ Ecological Borderlands: Decolonizing Body, Nature, and Spirit in Chicana Feminist Praxis.