The First Book Prize annually honors an outstanding single-authored book focused on Africa and/or the African diaspora submitted by or on behalf of a scholar, activist, and/or artist who has not previously published a single-authored monograph. The award committee will consider books on any period and from any discipline published in English, and is particularly interested in books that are methodologically and conceptually innovative and demonstrate academic excellence. Nominees for this prize who also meet the qualifications for ASWAD’s Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Prize may submit their work for consideration by both prize committees. The winner of the Outstanding First Book Prize will receive a $1,000 award. Funding for the prize is made possible by a substantial contribution from an anonymous donor.
Please Note: Entries must be received by June 1, 2019 to be eligible for the 2019 award. Submitted copies of books will not be returned.
Mail four copies of the nominated book to the following:
923 Gladfelter Hall
Department of History
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Finalists and awardees will be announced on the ASWAD website in November 2019 and recognized during a ceremony at the November 2019 ASWAD biennial meeting in Williamsburg, VA.
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