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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.

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.