Essay Contest

Society of Early Americanists: Annual Essay Competition, 2016-2017
  • a check for $100
  • a certificate
  • immortality
Why choose?

The Society of Early Americanists is pleased to announce our Nineteenth Annual Essay Competition.

If you have presented a paper on an Americanist topic, broadly conceived, during the academic year 2016-2017 at the Society of Early Americanists tenth biennial Conference, Tulsa, March 2-4, 2017; or at an American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference 2016-2017, including the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Minneapolis, March 30-April 2, 2017, or that of any ASECS affiliate conferences, we invite you to enter.

By Americanist topic, broadly conceived we mean that the competition is open to papers that address America in terms of both the long and the wide (i.e., circum-Atlantic) eighteenth century. Our panel of judges will see each entry through a simple system of blind reviewing; your name goes only on a separate cover sheet, and we recommend that you rework any self-citation, either in the body or in notes, to the third person. Note that we accept revised papers and that the maximum length for an entry is 6,000 words.

HOW TO ENTER:

Papers should be double-spaced, 6,000 words maximum, with the following information appearing only on the cover sheet: your name; institutional mailing address and e-mail address; panel title; chair’s name; date of presentation; and name of conference.

Please send your essay as an email attachment to Professor Steven Thomas at: SEAEssayContest@gmail.com

Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017

Please let me know if there are any questions. Thank you for your submissions!

Dr. Steven W. Thomas, Associate Professor
Society of Early Americanists Essay Contest Committee Chair, 2016-2018
Department of English, Wagner College
http://wagner.edu/english/profile/steven.thomas

SEA Essay Awards to date:
Eighteenth Annual Essay Prize, presented March 2017, at the SEA 10th Biennial Conference in Tulsa:

Mairin Odle
University of Alabama
‘Pownced, Pricked, or Paynted’: Tattoos and Indigenous Literacies

Seventeenth Annual Essay Prize, presented 2016:

Jillian Sayre
Rutgers University-Camden
Significant Otherness: Companionability in American Frontier Narratives

Sixteenth Annual Essay Prize, presented 2015:

Steven W. Thomas
Wagner College
The Circum-Atlantic Surrogation of Ethiopia in the London Public Sphere

Fifteenth Annual Essay Prize, awarded 2014, presented June 2015, at the SEA 9th Biennial Conference in Chicago:

Sari Altschuler
University of South Florida
Ain’t One Limb Enough? Historicizing Disability in the American Novel

Fourteenth Annual Essay Prize, presented February 2013, at the SEA 8th Biennial Conference in Savannah:

Glenda Goodman
New York University
The Economy of Accomplishment: Aesthetics and Labor in Women’s Musical Lives

Thirteenth Annual Essay Prize, presented March 2012, at the ASECS Conference in San Antonio:

Jennifer Heil
Emory University
Imperial Pedagogy: Susanna Rowson’s Columbus for Young Ladies

Twelfth Annual Essay Prize, presented March 2011, at the SEA 7th Biennial Conference in Philadelphia:

Kelly Wisecup
University of North Texas
Invisible Bullets and the Literary Forms of Colonial Promotion

Eleventh Annual Essay Prize, presented March 19, 2010, at the ASECS Conference in Albuquerque:

Duncan Faherty
Queens College & the CUNY Graduate Center
‘Daily and nightly disgorged upon our shores’: Revolution, Rumor, & Serial Unrest in the Early Republic

Tenth Annual Essay Prize, presented March 5, 2009, at the SEA 6th Biennial Conference in Bermuda:

Cristobal Silva
Florida State University
Appropriating Epidemiology: Tisquantum and the Etiology of Buried Plague

Ninth Annual Essay Prize, presented March 2008, at the ASECS Conference in Portland:

Bryan Waterman
New York University
Elizabeth Whitman’s Disappearance and Disappointment

Eighth Annual Essay Prize, presented June 7, 2007, at the SEA 5th Biennial Conference in Williamsburg:

Martin Brückner
University of Delaware
The Public Life of Maps in Eighteenth-Century British America

Seventh Annual Essay Prize, presented April 1, 2006, at the Montréal ASECS:

Anna Mae Duane
University of Connecticut
Pregnancy and the New Birth in Charlotte Temple and The Coquette

Sixth Annual Essay Prize, presented March 31, 2005, at the SEA 4th Biennial Conference in Alexandria:

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Yale University
Republican Theatricality and Transatlantic Empire

Fifth Annual Essay Prize, presented March 27, 2004, at the Boston ASECS:

Brycchan Carey
Kingston University
‘Accounts of Savage Nations’: The Spectator and the Americas

Fourth Annual Essay Prize, presented April 10, 2003, at the SEA 3rd Biennial Conference in Providence:

Vincent Carretta
University of Maryland
Who Was Francis Williams?

Third Annual Essay Prize, presented April 5, 2002, at the Colorado Springs ASECS:

Laura M. Stevens
University of Tulsa
The Anglican Quest for Compassion: American Indians and English Deists in the Sermons of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts

Second Annual Essay Prize, presented April 20, 2001, at the New Orleans ASECS:

Michael Zuckerman
University of Pennsylvania
Some Asiatic Prince: Pride, Patriarchy, and the Problem of Generational Succession
in the Early South

First Annual Essay Prize, presented April 14, 2000, at the Philadelphia ASECS:

Eric Slauter
Stanford University
Manners and Taste in the Making of the Constitution

 

Image Credit: Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784), Scipio Moorhead, “Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley, of Boston,” Frontispiece engraving to Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (London: Printed for A. Bell, 1773). American Treasures of the Library of Congress

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