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James Russell Lowell Prize

Summary


The James Russell Lowell Prize is awarded for an outstanding literary or linguistic study or a critical biography. It is open to studies dealing with literary theory, media, cultural history, or interdisciplinary topics.

Guidelines


The Committee on Honors and Awards of the Modern Language Association invites authors to compete for the fifty-fifth annual James Russell Lowell Prize, which will be awarded for a scholarly book published in 2023 by a current member of the association. To qualify for the prize, a book must be an outstanding literary or linguistic study or a critical biography. Studies dealing with literary theory, media, cultural history, and interdisciplinary topics are eligible; books that are primarily translations will not be considered.

Authors must be current members of the MLA.

Payment


The prize, which consists of a cash award and a certificate, will be presented to the winning author at the association’s annual convention in January 2025.