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Manuscript Guidelines

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Awards Sponsored by The Faculty Editorial Board

of The University of Alabama Press

The Elizabeth Agee Manuscript Prize

Awarded annually to the manuscript chosen as representing outstanding scholarship in the field of American literary studies, the Elizabeth Agee Prize was established in honor of a longtime Birmingham bookseller who described herself as “a reader and lover of books.” The prize includes a cash award and full publication of the work. The Agee Prize has recognized books on such diverse topics as Wallace Stevens, James Wright, John Steinbeck, Flannery O’Conner, Emily Dickenson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Walt Whitman, and it demonstrates the Press’s broad interests in American literary culture.
            Established by the Stubbs and Agee families of Birmingham to honors Elizabeth Agee, the prize is a celebration of Agee’s interest in American literature and a recognition of the Press’s publication of books in this field. The University of Alabama Press Faculty Editorial Board, made up of scholars from all Alabama public universities that award a doctoral degree, confers the endowed prize on the basis of scholarly excellence.
 
Winners of the Elizabeth Agee Prize
2012 -- Kate Charlton-Jones, Dismembering the American Dream
2012 --Trudier Harris-Martin Luther King, Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature
2011 --  Bruce Barnhart, Jazz in the time of the Novel
2010 -- Brian Reed, Phenomal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics
2009 -- Lytle Shaw, Fieldworks: From Place to Site in Postwar Poetry
2008 -- Karin Roffman, From the Modernist Annex: American Women Writers in Museums and Libraries
2007 -- J. Adam Johns, The Assault on Progress: Technology and Time in American Literature
2006 -- Harryette Mullen, The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be
2005 -- Les Harrison, The Temple and the Forum: The American Museum and Cultural Authority in Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, and Whitman
2004 -- Andrew Lee DuBois Jr., Ashbery's Forms of Attention
2003 -- Brian McHale, The Obligation Toward the Difficult Whole: Postmodernist Long Poems
2002 -- Michael Christopher Magee, Emancipating Pragmatism: Emerson, Jazz, and the Experimental Writing
2002 -- Michael Soto, The Modernist Nation: Generation, Renaissance, and Twentieth-Century American Literature
2001 – Jeffery Alan Melton, Mark Twain, Travel Books and Tourism: The Tide of a Great Popular Movement
2000 – Joseph M. Conte, Design and Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction
1999 – Loss Pequeno Glazier, Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries
1998 – Lorenzo Thomas, Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and 20th Century American Poetry
1997 – Alec Marsh, Money and Modernity: Pound, Williams and the Spirit of Jefferson
1996 – Sherry Ceniza, Walt Whitman and 19th Century Women Reformers
1995 – Ronald Stanley Berman, “The Great Gatzby” and Fitzgerald’s World of Ideas
1994 – Robert Smith, The Seductions of Emily Dickenson
1993 – Marcia Jacobson, Being a Boy Again: Autobiography and the American Boy Book
1993 – Clark Davis, After the Whale: Melville in the Wake of Moby Dick
1992 – Ruthann Knechel Johansen, The Narrative Secret of Flannery O’Connor
1991 – Joanne E. Gates, Elizabeth Robins, 1862-1952; Actress, Novelist, Feminist
1990 – Donald V. Coers, John Steinbeck as Propagandist: “The Moon is Down” Goes to War
1989 – Andrew Elkins, The Poetry of James Wright
1988 – Richard Jackson, The Dismantling of Time in Contemporary Poetry
1988 – Melita Schaum, Wallace Stevens and the Critical Schools
 
Submission Guidelines
In order to have your manuscript considered for the McMillan Prize, please supply the following:
-A cover letter
-A prospectus, including a description of your work and its intended audience; the length or anticipated length of the manuscript; the number or anticipated number of illustrations; and the anticipated date of completion, if your work is still in progress.
-A curriculum vitae
-A table of contents
-An introduction and/or a sample chapter or two
 
Send submissions to:
Agee Prize Committee
The University of Alabama Press
200 Hackberry Lane, 2nd Floor
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

The Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize

The Faculty Editorial Board of The University of Alabama Press has awarded the Anne B. & James B. McMillan Prize annually since 1995 to the manuscript chosen as Most Deserving in Alabama or Southern History or Culture. The prize includes a cash award and full publication of the work. This prize was established to honor James B. McMillan, founding director of The University of Alabama Press, former chairman of the university’s English department, and a renowned dialectologist. It has recognized books on such diverse topics as Southern Baptists, civil rights, religion, Alabama politics, southern missionaries, and southeastern archaeology. The University of Alabama Press Faculty Editorial Board, which consists of scholars from all Alabama public universities that award a doctoral degree, confers the endowed prize on the basis of scholarly excellence.

Anne B. & James B. McMillan Prize Winners
2011 -- Andrew Henry Stern, Southern Cross, Southern Crufix: Protestant-Catholic Relations in the Old South 
2010 --  Frances Osborn Robb, Shot in Alabama
2009 -- Vernon Knight, Mound Excavations at Moundville
2008 -- Robert Hunt, The Good Men Who Won the War: Army of the Cumberland Veterans and Emansipation Memory
2007 -- (No prize awarded)
2006 -- George B. Ellenberg, Mule South to Tractor South: Mules, machines, and the Transformation of the Cotton South
2005 -- Gregory A. Waselkov, Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814
2004 -- Joey Brackner, Alabama Folk Pottery
2003 -- Wayne Flynt, Alabama in the Twentieth Century
2003 -- (Honorable Mention) S. Scott Rohrer, Hope's Promise: Religion and Acculturation in the Southern Backcountry
2002 -- David Nelson Duke, In the Trenches with Jesus and Marx
2001 – J. Mills Thornton III, Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma
2000 – Mark Newman, Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995
1999 – Sarah W. Wiggins, From Civil War to Civil Rights, Alabama 1860-1960: An Anthology from The Alabama Review
1998 – Andrew Manis, A Fire You Can’t Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham’s Reverent Fred Shuttlesworth
1997 – Wayne Flynt, Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie
1996 – Samuel L. Webb, Two-Party Politics in the One-Party South: Alabama’s Hill Country, 1874-1920
1995 – Wayne Flynt, Taking Christianity to China: Alabama Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950
1994 – Edwin A. Lyon, A New Deal in Southeastern Archaeology
 
Submission Guidelines
In order to have your manuscript considered for the McMillan Prize, please supply the following:
-A cover letter
-A prospectus, including a description of your work and its intended audience; the length or anticipated length of the manuscript; the number or anticipated number of illustrations; and the anticipated date of completion, if your work is still in progress.
-A curriculum vitae
-A table of contents
-An introduction and/or a sample chapter or two
 
Send submissions to:
McMillan Prize Committee
The University of Alabama Press
200 Hackberry Lane, 2nd Floor
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487