Best Paper Awards
The distinction between the papers submitted for these two awards is as much methodological as theoretical: papers submitted for the material book award would most likely use approaches identified by Bowers, McGann, Shillingsberg, etc. Papers submitted for the book trade award would most likely use approaches identified by Darnton, Eisenstein, St. Clair, etc.
A small monetary prize is associated with each award.
Mary Ann (Suggie) Wagliardo Hawkins Award for the Best Paper in the Material Book
This award would be suitable for papers integrating research in textual criticism, textual history, bibliographic perspectives, etc.
- 2009-2010: Not awarded
- 2008-2009: Catherine S. Blackwell, for “A Place Among Its More Successful Sisters”: Louisa May Alcott's Wayward Moods"
Harold R. Hawkins Award for the Best Paper in Book Trade
This award would be suitable for papers integrating research in marketing, readership, publisher relations, authorial practices, etc.
- 2009-2010: E. Leigh Bonds, for “From Pornography to Politics: The Amende Honourable of John Cleland’s Pen”
- 2008-2009: Stephanie Eckroth, for “Dressed in Petticoats”: Gender and Novel Prices in the Monthly Review"