Awards & Honors: American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Prizes

The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) invites submissions for its annual awards program.

The ACLA, founded in 1960, is the principal learned society in the United States for scholars whose work involves several literatures and cultures as well as the premises of cross-cultural literary study itself.

These prizes are considered Highly Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC). To view all eight of the ACLA’s awards, click here.

Deadline: October 1, 2017


Harry Levin Prize

  • Link: https://www.acla.org/prize-awards/harry-levin-prize
  • Summary
    • The Harry Levin Prize recognizes an outstanding first book in the discipline of comparative literature; fields may include literary or cultural theory or history, or any other field of comparative literature.
    • The 2018 Levin Prize will be awarded to a book published during the calendar years 2016 and 2017 as the author’s first book-length publication, and will be awarded at the ACLA annual meeting in 2018 at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.
    • The prize carries complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, as well as hotel and airfare accommodations (not including food) to facilitate the recipient attending the 2018 ACLA Annual Meeting.
  • Note: in 2012, the ACLA changed the structure of its book prizes, and now awards two different book prizes each year: the René Wellek Prize for the best book published in the field of comparative literature, and the Harry Levin Prize for the best first book published in the field of comparative literature. First books are also eligible for the Wellek Prize, but no book may be nominated for both prizes. Please note that only single-author books may be nominated for either prize. Publishers and authors are invited to submit nominations for both prizes. Further information on the Harry Levin Prize is available below; questions or comments are welcome and may be sent to the Secretary-Treasurer, Alexander Beecroft.
  • How to Nominate a Book
    • If you wish to nominate one or more titles for the 2018 Harry Levin Prize, please send a brief letter to that effect and a copy of the book to each member of the 2018 Harry Levin Prize Committee, including the ACLA Secretariat.
    • PLEASE NOTE that no book previously nominated for either the Levin or the Wellek Prize may be re-nominated for either prize; a book may be nominated in either of its years of eligibility, but not in both years.
    • Questions: email the Secretary-Treasurer, Alexander Beecroft.
  • You may mail submissions to the 2018 Harry Levin Prize Committee, which will be announced shortly, at the following address:
    • American Comparative Literature Association
      University of South Carolina Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
      1620 College Street, Rm. 813A
      Columbia SC 29208
  • The deadline for submission is October 1st, 2017. The ACLA encourages the submission of titles as early as possible, as the committee usually receives a large number of submissions at the end of the year, and can devote proportionately less time to them than to those that arrive early.
  • A selective approach to nominations is also recommended, in order that a few books of superior quality may stand out.
  • Previous Levin Prize winners

René Wellek Prize

  • Link: https://www.acla.org/prize-awards/ren%C3%A9-wellek-prize
  • Summary
    • The René Wellek Prize recognizes an outstanding book in the discipline of comparative literature; fields may include literary or cultural theory or history, or any other field of comparative literature.
    • The 2018 Wellek Prize will be awarded to a book published during the calendar years 2016 and 2017, and will be awarded at the ACLA annual meeting in 2018 at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.
    • The prize carries complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, as well as hotel and airfare accommodations (not including food) to facilitate the recipient attending the 2018 ACLA Annual Meeting.
  • Note: in 2012, the ACLA changed the structure of its book prizes, and now awards two different book prizes each year: the René Wellek Prize for the best book published in the field of comparative literature, and the Harry Levin Prize for the best first book published in the field of comparative literature. First books are also eligible for the Wellek Prize, but no book may be nominated for both prizes. Please note that only single-author books may be nominated for either prize. Publishers and authors are invited to submit nominations for both prizes. Further information on the René Wellek Prize is available below; questions or comments are welcome and may be sent to the Secretary-Treasurer, Alexander Beecroft.
  • How to Nominate a Book
    • If you wish to nominate one or more titles for the 2017 René Wellek Prize, please send a brief letter to that effect and a copy of the book to each member of the 2017 René Wellek Prize Committee, including the ACLA Secretariat, Alexander Beecroft.
    • PLEASE NOTE that no book previously nominated for either the Levin or the Wellek Prize may be re-nominated for either prize; a book may be nominated in either of its years of eligibility, but not in both years.
    • Questions: email the Secretary-Treasurer, Alexander Beecroft.
  • You may mail submissions to the 2018 René Wellek Prize Committee at the following address:
    • American Comparative Literature Association
      University of South Carolina Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
      1620 College Street, Rm. 813A
      Columbia SC 29208
  • The deadline for submission is October 1st, 2017. The ACLA encourages the submission of titles as early as possible, as the committee usually receives a large number of submissions at the end of the year, and can devote proportionately less time to them than to those that arrive early.
  • A selective approach to nominations is also recommended, in order that a few books of superior quality may stand out.
  • Previous René Wellek Prize winners.

Questions?

For questions or more information, contact the ACLA at info@acla.org.