[Msa-discuss] Announcing the 2018 First Book Institute

SEAN X GOUDIE sxgoudie at psu.edu
Tue Oct 31 21:52:57 EDT 2017



Announcing  

The 2018 First Bo<a name=""></a>ok Institute

June 3-9, 2018

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

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, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women’s
Studies, Duke University, and Co-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—now in
its sixth year—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 12, 2018, 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 from the participants and
co-directors, please see:

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



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

Phone: 814-865-3945



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