Book Prizes
NWSA Book Prizes

Each year, NWSA is proud to offer multiple prizes to authors of recent book publications. The prize applications are open from February 1 - June 15 and encompass different topics. themes, and disciplines. Eligibility includes current membership. Please read more information below.

Note: Illinois enacted a COVID-19 "shelter in place" order and the NWSA office is unable to accept packages and USPS mail at this time. Please wait until May 1, 2020 to ship hard copies of books.
NWSA and Routledge Subversive Histories, Feminist Futures Book Prize
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Round 1: January 15 - March 1 each year
Round 2: April 1 - May 1 each year

The prize is open to all NWSA members working on a first or second book in women’s histories, queer histories, people of color histories and reclamations of non-western world heritage and cultures.

About the Routledge series: Books in the Subversive Histories, Feminist Futures series will exemplify original research in feminist histories that “subvert” dominant and normative patterns of historical narrative by centering women, gender, and feminist politics. This exciting series will delve into women’s histories, queer histories, people of color histories and reclamations of non-western world heritage and cultures via monographs, edited volumes, and supplementary texts. The series aims to utilize intersectional historical analyses to revitalize scholarship in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Basic Guidelines for Round 1 (January 15 - March 1)
  • Current NWSA individual membership (including co-authors)
  • Book considered must be unpublished and not under contract
  • Must complete the online application including:
    • Cover letter (be sure to indicate if any material from the manuscript has been previously published)
    • C.V.
    • Proposal, including a 4-5 page overview of the scope of the project
    • One (1) chapter

Basic Guidelines for Round 2 (April 1 - May 1)
Semi-finalists will be contacted by April 1st. Please be prepared for the following:
  • Three (3) chapters.
  • Finalist will be chosen by August. Full manuscript will go through Routledge's review at that time.
The winner will be announced at NWSA's annual conference and will receive a $1,000 advance ($500 from NWSA and $500 from Routledge). All submissions must be exclusive submissions to Routledge for the duration of the contest. If a winner of the competition is selected, they will receive a publication contract with Routledge. Runners up may also be considered for publication with the Routledge.
Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize
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Application period: February 1 - June 15 each year
The prize includes $1,000 and recognition for groundbreaking monographs in women's studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship. The prize honors Gloria Anzaldúa, a valued and long-active member of the National Women's Studies Association.

Basic Guidelines
  • Current NWSA individual membership (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020
  • Must complete the online application
  • Presses cannot submit
  • The committee seeks groundbreaking monographs in women's studies that make a significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Applicants must send 5 copies of their book to:
          National Women’s Studies Association
          1720 W. Division Street
          Chicago, IL 60622
          ATTN: NWSA Anzaldúa Book Prize
    Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA.
Past Recipients

Alison Piepmeier Book Prize
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Application period: February 1 - June 15 each year
NWSA will offer an annual $1,000 Alison Piepmeier book award for a groundbreaking monograph in women, gender, and sexuality studies that makes significant contributions to feminist disability studies scholarship thanks to a gift from Susan Shaw, Patti Duncan, Jane Nichols, Kryn Feehling-Burton, and Nancy Barbour. The donation comes from the contributor budget from a forthcoming ABC-CLIO encyclopedia of women’s lives worldwide. This prize honors Alison Piepmeier, an active member and leader of NWSA whose scholarship examined the intersection of feminist and disability studies, with a particular emphasis on reproductive decisions and disabilities and parenting and disabilities.

Basic Guidelines
  • Current NWSA individual membership (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020
  • Must complete the online application
  • Presses cannot submit
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Scholars with disabilities, scholars of color, and LGBTQ scholars are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Suggested topics for feminist disability studies include but are not limited to:
    • Reproductive justice and disabilities
    • Racialized representations of disabilities
    • ueer experiences of disabilities
    • Mothering and disabilities
    • Disabilities activism
    • Media representations of disabilities
    • Gender, sport, and disabilities
    • Disabilities and the body
    • Disabilities, sex, and sexuality
    • Disabilities in politics and policy
    • Disabilities and technologies
  • Applicants must send 5 copies of their book to:
          National Women’s Studies Association
          1720 W. Division Street
          Chicago, IL 60622
          ATTN: NWSA Anzaldúa Book Prize
    Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA.
Past Recipients

Sara A. Whaley Book Prize
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Application period: February 1 - June 15 each year
Thanks to a generous bequest from Sara A. Whaley, NWSA will offer an annual $2,000 Sara A. Whaley book award on the topic of women and labor. This prize honors Sara Whaley, who owned Rush Publishing and was the editor of Women's Studies Abstracts. Each year NWSA will awards a book prize ($2,000) for a monograph that addresses women and labor from intersectional perspectives.

Basic Guidelines
  • Current NWSA individual membership (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020
  • Must complete the online application
  • Presses cannot submit
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Women of color of the U.S. and/or International origin are encouraged to apply.
  • Suggested topics for feminist disability studies include but are not limited to:
    • Migration and women’s paid jobs
    • Immigration and women’s work
    • Impact of AIDS on women’s employment
    • Trafficking of women and women’s employment
    • Women and domestic works
    • Impact of race on women’s work
  • Applicants must send 5 copies of their book to:
          National Women’s Studies Association
          1720 W. Division Street
          Chicago, IL 60622
          ATTN: NWSA Anzaldúa Book Prize
    Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA.
Past Recipients
NWSA/UIP First Book Prize
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Application Deadline: June 15 each calendar year
The National Women's Studies Association and the University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce a competition for the best dissertation or first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women's and gender studies. Applicants must be National Women's Studies Association current individual members.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Activism
  • Coloniality, postcoloniality and neo-imperialism
  • Cultural production (media, film, music, literature)
  • Feminist knowledge production
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • Feminist politics
  • Feminist science and environmental studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender and disability
  • Gender and globalization
  • Gender and labor practices
  • Gender and militarism
  • Gender and queer sexuality
  • Gender and violence
  • Gendered experiences of people of color
  • Girls studies
  • Global and transnational feminisms
  • Institutions and public policies
  • Intersectionality
  • Theories and practices of coalition
  • Transgender studies
  • Women of color feminisms
If a winner of the competition is selected, they will receive a publication contract with the University of Illinois Press. Runners up may also be considered for publication with the University of Illinois Press.

Basic Guidelines
Submitted dissertations must have been completed and defended within the three years prior to submission. All submissions must be timestamped by 11:59p (central time) on June 1 and should include the following materials via email:
  • Current NWSA individual membership
  • Cover letter (be sure to indicate if any material from the manuscript has been previously published)
  • C.V.
  • Proposal, including a 4-5 page overview of the scope of the project and analysis of competing titles
  • Complete manuscript, at least 150 double spaced pages, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, saved as a PDF
  • Submit materials as attachments to a single email. In the email subject line, include “Last name_Year NWSA/UIP First Book Prize Submission.”
The winner will be announced at NWSA's annual conference and will receive a $1,000 advance. All submissions must be exclusive submissions to the University of Illinois Press for the duration of the contest.

Please direct all questions and book proposal submissions to:
      Dawn Durante
      Senior Acquisitions Editor
      University of Illinois Press
      durante9@illinois.edu

Past Recipients