Winner of the 2016 NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize announced

Congratulations to Michele Eggers, winner of the 2016 NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize for Embodying Inequality: The Criminalization of Women for Abortion in Chile. The award was announced at the annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association. Out of five finalists, Eggers book was selected by the NWSA prize committee.

Previous winners include:

2015: Erin L. Durban-Albrecht – Postcolonial Homophobia: United States Imperialism in Haiti and the Transnational Circulation of Antigay Sexual Politics

2014: Ethel Tungohan – Migrant Care Worker Activism in Canada

2013: Christina Holmes – Ecological Borderlands: Decolonizing Body, Nature, and Spirit in Chicana Feminism
(published in 2016)

2012: Sophie Richter-Devroe – How Women Do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance, and Survival in Palestine

2011: Erica Lorraine Williams – Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements
(published in 2013)


The NWSA and the University of Illinois Press are currently accepting submissions for the 2017 book prize until June 1 of this year. Applicants must be National Women’s Studies Association members. If a winner of the competition is selected, he or she will receive a publication contract with the University of Illinois Press and a $1,000 advance.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Activism
  • Coloniality, postcoloniality and neo-imperialism
  • Cultural production (media, film, music, literature)
  • Feminist knowledge production
  • 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
  • Intersectionality
  • Theories and practices of coalition
  • Transgender studies
  • Women of color feminisms

Please direct all questions and submissions to:

Dawn M. Durante
Senior Acquisitions Editor
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak St.
Champaign, IL 61820-6903

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