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Walker Cowen Memorial Prize

2020 Walker Cowen Manuscript Prize Competition in Eighteenth-Century Studies

We invite submissions for the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize. The prize is awarded to the author of a scholarly book-length manuscript in eighteenth-century studies, including the Americas and the Atlantic world. Submissions may be in history (including history of science), literature, philosophy, or the arts. The competition is held annually.

The winner of the Cowen Prize will receive a $5,000 award and will be offered an advance publishing contract by the University of Virginia Press. The prize honors the late Walker Cowen, second Director of the Press from 1969 until his death in 1987.

Click here for an official application form.

Request an application form or send queries to:
Angie Hogan
The University of Virginia Press
PO Box 400318
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4318

Application deadline
To be considered for the 2020 award, manuscripts should be submitted no later than November 1, 2019. Manuscripts will not be returned. Foreign-language works first published in Europe will also be considered for the prize and for translation into English. Announcement of the winning manuscript will be made in April 2020.

Previous Winners

Michael B. Prince
The Shortest Way with Defoe: Robinson Crusoe, Deism, and the Novel

Melissa J. Ganz
Public Vows: Fictions of Marriage in the English Enlightenment

Rahul Markovits
Civiliser l'Europe

Lawrence B. A. Hatter
Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canada Border

Courtney Weiss Smith
Empiricist Devotions: Science, Religion, and Poetry in Early Eighteenth-Century England

Christopher Tozzi
Nationalizing France's Army: Foreign, Black, and Jewish Troops in the French Military, 1715-1831

Jacob Sider Jost
Prose Immortality, 17711-1819

Denver Brunsman
The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Scott R. MacKenzie
Be It Ever So Humble: Poverty, Fiction, and the Invention of the Middle-Class Home

Francesca Saggini
Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theater Arts

James D. Drake
The Nation’s Nature: How Continental Presumptions Gave Rise to the United State of America

Theresa Braunschneider
Our Coquettes: Capacious Desire in the Eighteenth Century

Jewel L. Spangler
Virginians Reborn: Anglican Monopoly, Evangelical Dissent, and the Rise of the Baptists in the Late Eighteenth Century

Howard G. Brown
Ending the French Revolution: Violence, Justice, and Repression from the Terror to Napoleon

Richard Nash
Wild Enlightenment: The Borders of Human Identity in the Eighteenth Century

Suvir Kaul
Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire: English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century

Lisa Jane Graham
If the King Only Knew: Seditious Speech in the Reign of Louis XV

Catherine Cusset
No Tomorrow: The Ethics of Pleasure in the French Enlightenment

Elizabeth Wanning Harries
The Unfinished Manner: Essays on the Fragment in the Later Eighteenth Century