[Msa-discuss] Final Reminder: 2016 First Book Institute Applications Due 2/15

SEAN X GOUDIE sxgoudie at psu.edu
Mon Jan 25 15:17:35 EST 2016


The 2016 First Book Institute

June 5-11, 2016

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


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, Duke University 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 15, 2016, should include the
following:Application letter describing the project and anticipated timeline
for completionC. V.Project abstract, including chapter summariesIntroduction or
sample chapter

Please send all application materials in a single PDF file (and any queries) to

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


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

Phone: 814-865-3945

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