The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML) is proud to announce the David D. Anderson Award for Outstanding Essay in Midwestern Literary Studies. Named for Professor David D. Anderson, a founder of SSML and prominent scholar of Midwestern literature, this new award will first be presented at the 2019 SSML Symposium. It recognizes a scholarly article that makes a substantial contribution to exploring ideas, authors, and places related to Midwestern literature. The awardee will win a $1,000 prize and give a plenary talk at the 2019 Symposium.
Dr. Liesl Olson, Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library, will serve as guest judge. Olson is the author of Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis (Yale UP, 2017) and Modernism and the Ordinary (Oxford UP, 2014). Her writing has also appeared in Modernism/Modernity, The American Poetry Review, Journal of Modern Literature, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Eligibility: any critical essay of at least 3,000 words that was first published in 2018 in a peer-reviewed periodical or edited book collection. Essays published in MidAmerica or Midwestern Miscellany are not eligible, although publications by SSML members in other peer-reviewed journals or edited collections may be nominated.
Deadline: Please submit nominations by November 15, 2018 via this webform. Nominations for essays published later than November 15 will be accepted until December 31, 2018.
Questions? Please contact the award coordinator Andy Oler at andy.oler [at] erau [dot] edu.