[Msa-discuss] Reminder: First Book Institute Applications Due by 2/17 (Hard Deadline)

SEAN X GOUDIE sxgoudie at psu.edu
Thu Jan 23 02:30:40 EST 2014



Announcing   



The
2014 First Bo<a name="" href=""></a>ok
Institute







June 8-14, 2014



Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS)
at
PennsylvaniaStateUniversity



Co-Directors 



Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American
Literary
Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book



Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women’s
Studies, DukeUniversity
and Editor of American Literature







The stakes of successful publishing by early career
professors are more urgent than ever given the current state of higher education
promotion and publishing.  Responding to
a glaring need in the field, the First Book Institute features workshops and
presentations led by institute faculty aimed at assisting participants in
transforming their book projects into ones that promise to make the most
significant impact possible on the field and thus land them a publishing
contract with a top university press. 
Eight successful applicants will be awarded $1500 stipends to defray the
costs of travel and lodging.  



Applications to the First Book Institute are invited from
scholars working in any area or time period of American literary studies who
hold a PhD and are in the process of writing their first book (whether a
revised and expanded dissertation or other project).  Applicants should
not have negotiated a
formal agreement of any kind with a press to publish their
manuscript.   



Electronic applications, due by February 17, 2014,
should include the following:



·     
Application letter describing the project and
anticipated timeline for completion 



·     
C. V.



·     
Project abstract, including chapter summaries



·     
Introduction or sample chapter 



Please send all application materials in a single PDF file
(and any queries) to cals at psu.edu.



For more information about the First Book Institute,
including video testimony about the inaugural First Book Institute held in June
2013 from the participants and co-directors, please see:



<http://cals.la.psu.edu/first-book-institute>





Sean X. GoudieDirector, Center for American Literary Studies
http://www.cals.psu.edu/
Associate Professor of English
153 Burrowes
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802





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