Calls for Submissions

The BACLS Monograph Prize, The BACLS Edited Collection Prize and The BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize

Please note that the deadline for submissions for the BACLS Edited Collection Prize has been extended to 20th May

Entries are invited for work published in 2021 in the English language on any area of ‘contemporary literary studies’. The working definition of ‘contemporary literary studies’ is to be interpreted in light of the BACLS Mission Statement:

The British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies brings together scholars and practitioners from across the UK and beyond in order to explore the current moment and its contexts. We are committed to literary studies in the broadest sense, including written, visual, performative and audible texts, in English and in other languages.

With the Mission Statement in mind, ‘contemporary’ is not to be treated simply as a period term (like Modernism or Victorianism); rather, the Association’s definition is characterised by a ‘rolling sense’ of the contemporary, and it is this that makes the field different. A corollary of this is that, while arguments can be had over ‘when the contemporary began’, a specific date cannot and should not be set. For a lengthier discussion of the term ‘contemporary’, please see our mission statement.

BACLS Executive Committee members will judge the entries and award prizes to the submissions they consider to be the best in each category. The winners of the Monograph Prize and the Edited Collection will receive £50 each. The winner of the Postgraduate Essay Prize will receive £150. Deadline for submissions is 13th May 2022. Please note that entrants to the 2021 prizes are required to be members of BACLS. Entrants who are currently non-members will be eligible if they join BACLS before 13th May 2022.

Entrants are welcome to send their work at any point before the deadline. Electronic copies are preferred, and need to be sent directly to prize coordinators (see below). Entrants who would like to send hard copies of monographs or edited collections are welcome to do so; however, hard copies will not be returned.

Individual Prize Information

The BACLS Monograph Prize:

Prize coordinator: Dr Rachel Sykes, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Email:

The BACLS Edited Collection Prize:

Prize coordinator: Dr Tim Baker, School of Language, Literature, Music, and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 3UB. Email:

The BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize:

For the BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize, entrants are required to be: 1) either registered for a postgraduate programme in Great Britain at the time of the deadline; or 2) at the time of the deadline, within one year of completion of a postgraduate programme. Entrants must also be BACLS members. Proof of postgraduate student status needs to be sent to the prize coordinator in the form of an email from an academic connected to the relevant course of study. Essays must be between 5,000 and 11,000 words in length and published in a relevant peer reviewed journal in 2021.

Prize coordinator: Dr Kristian Shaw, School of English & Journalism, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln. LN6 7TS. Email: