[Msa-discuss] Final Reminder: 2015 First Book Institute Applications Due by 2/16

SEAN X GOUDIE sxgoudie at psu.edu
Fri Jan 30 01:33:42 EST 2015


The 2015 First Book Institute

June 7-13, 2015

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


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

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 16, 2015, 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:


Sean X. Goudie
Director, Center for American Literary Studies
Associate Professor of English
153 Burrowes
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-3945

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