Announcing the Fifth Annual Proquest/RSAP Essay Prize

Deadline: December 13, 2013

Proquest and the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announce the 5th annual $1000 article prize.

The prize will be awarded for the best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar published in a peer-reviewed academic journal with a publication date during 2013. Two runners up will receive $500 each. Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.

The fifth annual ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Washington, DC, May 22-25, 2014. The winner and two runners up will be notified by the end of January 2014. They will be featured as panelists on an RSAP-sponsored distinguished papers panel at ALA, and will receive their awards at a reception hosted by the organization.

Applicants are invited to submit electronic copies of their articles with a contest registration form for download here. Please send the article and registration form to the committee’s chair, Bill Hardwig at whardwig [at] utk.edu. Documents should be sent in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

All copies must be formatted for blind review and thus without identifying references or title.

Deadline: December 13, 2013

Questions & Submissions? Contact Prize Committee Chair, Bill Hardwig, at whardwig [at] utk.edu.

Additionally, please feel free to download and share the prize poster.

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2012 EBSCOhost-RSAP Book Prize

Professor Jared Gardner’s The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture (University of Illinois Press) will be celebrated as the winner of the EBSCOhost-RSAP Book Prize at the 24th annual conference of the American Literature Association in Boston, May 23-26, 2013.

Recognizing the best title published by an academic press in the field of American periodical studies, the prize is sponsored jointly by EBSCOhost and the Research Society for American Periodicals.  It is presented every other year at the RSAP Business Meeting.  The present competition considered titles from across the field published between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.

Jean Lee Cole (Loyola University Maryland), Craig Monk (University of Lethbridge), Cynthia Patterson (University of South Florida), and Karen Roggenkamp (Texas A&M University-Commerce) judged The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture “extremely important for advancing both periodical study and the study of early American literature, which has been undergoing rapid (and welcome) transformation in recent years.”

The presentation in Boston will also acknowledge Ellen Gruber Garvey’s Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford University Press), a title the committee found “revelatory and transformative,” with its honorable mention for 2011-12.

ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize for 2012 Winners Announced

The Research Society for American periodicals is please to announce the winners of the 2012 ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize. The ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize recognizes the best articles on American periodicals published in peer-reviewed journals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar. Judges Bill Hardwig (chair) , Sara Lindey, and Ben Fagan have worked tirelessly to identify essays that represent some of the most innovative and exciting periodical research work of the past year.

The first prize winner of the ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize for an essay published in 2012 is James Berkey, Duke University, for his essay, “Splendid Little Papers from the ‘Splendid Little War’: Mapping Empire in the Soldier Newspapers of the Spanish American War.”

The two Honorable Mention Award winners for 2012 are Rochelle Zuck, University of Minnesota Duluth, for “‘Yours in the Cause’: Readers, Correspondents, and the Editorial Politics of Carlos Montezuma’s Wassaja” and Jessica Isaac, University of Pittsburgh, for “Youthful Enterprises: Amateur Newspapers and the Pre-History of Adolescence, 1867-1883.”

All three authors will receive checks to help cover some of their work and travel expenses when they discuss their work at their roundtable on their scholarship and their methodology at the Boston ALA in May 2013. The winner’s award is provided by ProQuest, and supplementary funds for the Honorable Mentions are provided by RSAP.

Our judges had these choice word for the 2012 winners…

James Berkey (Lecturing Fellow, Thompson Writing Program, Duke University)

“Splendid Little Papers from the ‘Splendid Little War’”: Mapping Empire in the Soldier Newspapers from the Spanish-American War,” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (3.2) 2012: 158-174.

The award committee was especially impressed with the attention given to the often-overlooked military publications. We thought the article did an especially nice job of documenting the multiple audiences and the international circulation (both literarily and figuratively) of the ideas about the Spanish-American war within the periodicals. Your essay’s sense of how the logic of imperialism was encoded in these periodicals gives us new ways to think about the war, the nature of turn-of-the-century imperialism, military journalism, and periodical culture more generally.

~Honorable Mention~

Jessica Isaac (PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh)

“Youthful Enterprises: Amateur Newspapers and the Pre-History of Adolescence, 1867-
1883,” American Periodicals (22.2) 2012: 158-177.

The committee admired your article’s consideration of the myriad influences on the formation of adolescent identity of this era, from the proliferation of the toy press to the changing social role of teenagers, from the significant function that the amateur press played in the exploration of this identity to the growth of a communal bond of adolescents, even as the definition of this bond shifted and evolved. Your essay also makes a compelling case that we need to be paying attention to these often-overlooked amateur publications, especially when we consider adolescence.

~Honorable Mention~

Rochelle Raineri Zuck (Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth)

“’Yours in the Cause’: Readers, Correspondents and the Editorial Politics of Carlos Montezuma’s Wassaja,” American Periodicals (22.1) 2012: 72-93.

The committee made special note of your article’s call for increased attention to be given to the understudied archives of American Indian journalism. While such recovery work is admirable on its own, your article’s exploration of how this journalism allowed Montezuma to offer alternate perspectives on Indian affairs was extremely illuminating, demonstrating what the best examples of periodical studies can accomplish. Finally, your attention to Montezuma’s editorial decisions and engagement with the readership wonderfully nicely revealed the tensions between “assimilation,” intertribal communication, and tribal pride/identity.

Call for Participants for a Roundtable on “African American Periodicals: New Directions” for the 2013 American Literature Association Annual Conference

Recent reconsiderations of African American literature in dialogue with print culture studies have been provocative, but scholarly attention has often remained focused on bound books. Black periodicals were the site of much of the richest African American textual work throughout the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth and so demand fuller attention. To explore possible methods, subjects, and questions surrounding a “new” sense of Black periodicals, the Research Society for American Periodicals will host a roundtable on “African American Periodicals: New Directions” at the American Literature Association meeting to be held in Boston, 23-26 May 2013.

Proposals from potential participants should outline brief (seven- or eight-minute) presentations that share information on a specific research project that is innovative in content, method, and/or archive. Ideally, the research presented should function as a case study that addresses some of the following questions. How might African American literary studies change, challenge, benefit, and benefit from dialogues with periodical studies—and vice versa? What kinds of scholarship on African American periodicals should be produced in the next five years? What archival work might be most beneficial? How might we assess extant resources in terms of value and accessibility? What inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches might prove especially effective?

One-page proposals (preferably in .docx, .doc, or .pdf) along with short bios or one-page CVs should be submitted to Eric Gardner at gardner@svsu.edu by 10 January 2013.

Please include “ALA: RSAP African American Periodicals” in the subject line. Presenters will need to be members of RSAP by 1 March 2013.

Announcing the EBSCO/RSAP $1,500 Book Prize

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2012.

For the author of the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012

The prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 23-26, 2013.
Books will be judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.

Applicants should download and submit a completed registration form (see details, below) and FOUR hard copies of their work to

Craig Monk

Department of English

University of Lethbridge

4401 University Drive West

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, T1K 3M4

The winner and up to two honorable mentions will be notified by March 1, 2013 and will be recognized at an RSAP-sponsored panel/event at ALA. Applicants to the EBSCOhost-RSAP Book Prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their books.

Please feel free to download and share the prize poster.

Announcing the Fourth Annual ProQuest and RSAP $1,000 Article Prize

Submission Deadline: December 14, 2012

For the best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar published in (or accepted for publication in) a peer-reviewed academic journal.

The fourth annual ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 23-26, 2013. Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board. The winner and two runners up will be notified by the end of January 2013 and will be featured as panelists on an RSAP-sponsored distinguished papers panel at ALA. Articles are judged by a blind peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.

Applicants are invited to submit an electronic copy of their articles together with our downloadable registration form  to the committee’s chair, Bill Hardwig, at

whardwig [at] utk [dot] edu

Documents should be sent in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

All copies should be formatted for blind review and thus without identifying references or title. Applicants for the ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their work.

Questions & Submissions? Contact Prize Committee Chair, Bill Hardwig, whardwig [at] utk [dot] edu

Please feel free to download and share the prize poster.

Three Panels at the ALA

The Research Society for American Periodicals is pleased to announce three panels at the upcoming 23rd annual Conference of the American Literature Association, May 24-27, 2012, in San Francisco. For more information about the conference, please refer to the ALA’s website. Exact times and days for our panels are yet to be determined. Check back with us for further panel scheduling updates.

PANEL 1. Periodicals and Working Class Cultures: 19th Century

Chair: Bob Scholnick, College of William and Mary

1. “Hidden Agendas: Editorial Disconnect in The Rural Magazine and Literary Evening Fire-Side (1820)” Callie Kostelich, Texas Christian University

2. “A Transatlantic Working-Class Consciousness? Poetry and Self-Representation in Working-Class Newspapers, 1830-1860,” Marianne Mallia Holohan, Duquesne University

3. “The Reaction of Professional Penmen to the late 19th Century Commercial and Office Revolution,” Michael Knies, University of Scranton

4. “Missed Opportunity: T.S. Arthur and Early Antebellum Baltimore
Working Class Periodicals,” Peter Molin, United States Military Academy

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PANEL 2. Periodicals and Working Class Cultures: 20th Century

Chair: Cynthia Patterson, University of South Florida Polytechnic

1. “Julia Ruuttila, Radical Journalism, and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics, 1945-54,” Victoria Grieve, Utah State University

2. “Unity and the Making of Canadian Class-Consciousness in the 1930s,” Andrea Hasenbank, University of Alberta

3. “Shopping for Manhood: Black Mask Advertising and Working-Class Masculinity,” Clare Rolens, UC San Diego

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PANEL 3. ProQuest & RSAP Article Prize Winners Roundtable – Strategies for Success

Chair: William J. Hardwig, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1. “‘Americans As They Really Are’: The Colored American and the Illustration of National Identity,” Benjamin Fagan, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2. “Boys Write Back: Self-Education and Periodical Authorship in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Story Papers,” Sara Lindey, St. Vincent College

3. “‘Their faces were like so many of the same sort at home’: American Responses to the Indian Rebellion of 1857,”
Nikhil Bilwakesh, University of Alabama

Congratulations to the Winners of the PROQUEST RSAP Article Prize

The Research Society for American Periodicals is delighted to announce the winners of the annual PROQUEST RSAP Article Prize for 2011. Our thanks to the judges, William J. Hardwig, Ellen Gruber Garvey, and Eric Gardner, who read the submissions carefully to identify essays that represent some of the most innovative and exciting periodical research work of the past year.

First Prize Winner: Benjamin Fagan, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Honorable Mention Winners: Nikhil Bilwakesh, University of Alabama, and Sara Lindey, St. Vincent College

Fagan, Bilwakesh, and Sara Lindey will take part in a roundtable discussion of their scholarship and methodology upcoming 23rd annual Conference of the American Literature Association, May 24-27, 2012, in San Francisco. For more information about the conference, please refer to the ALA’s website. All three authors will receive financial support to cover some of their travel expenses. Congratulations to all three winners.

About Their Work

1. “‘Americans As They Really Are’: The Colored American and the Illustration of National Identity,” Benjamin Fagan, American Academy of Arts and Sciences – American Periodicals 21.2

Judges lauded the innovative archival work in Benjamin Fagan’s essay. That such work focused not simply on periodical content but also modes of production, questions of materiality and illustration, and the interpersonal networks tied to periodical publication make his piece a model for work with nineteenth-century periodicals.

2. “Boys Write Back: Self-Education and Periodical Authorship in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Story Papers,” Sara Lindey, St. Vincent College – American Periodicals 21.1

Judges were excited by Sara Lindey’s close work with story papers and “boy culture” in the nineteenth century. They praised her essay’s archival components and especially her deep attention to questions of readers and communities.

3. “‘Their faces were like so many of the same sort at home’: American Responses to the Indian Rebellion of 1857,” Nikhil Bilwakesh, University of Alabama – American Periodicals 21.1

Judges praised Nikhil Bilwakesh’s essay as a broad, nuanced picture of US responses to Sepoy rebellion—especially responses in the New York Times—and asserted that it points scholars in useful, new directions for using periodical resources.

ALA CFP: PERIODICALS AND WORKING CLASS CULTURES

The Research Society for American Periodicals solicits proposals for papers on American periodicals and working class cultures to be delivered at the American Literature Association’s 23rd Annual Conference, 24-27 May 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center.

Consider periodicals such as The Messenger (founded as the official organ for the Pullman Porter’s Union) to the Worker’s Daily – What role have periodicals played in forming and re-forming class consciousness among the working classes in the U.S.? What unique methodological challenges do working-class periodicals pose? How do working-class periodicals expand our understanding of readership and activism, labor and literary culture? How does literature or literary criticism in The Partisan Review or The New York Review of Books shape our understanding of the high-brow or low-brow audiences?  What brow is the New Yorker, anyway?  What are the challenges & possibilities for teaching material that concerns working class issues from highbrow sources?  Conversely, what in various working class periodicals was designed explicitly or implicitly to teach?  We seek submissions concerning any aspect of American working-class magazines, newspapers, or periodicals in any form.

Please send a one-page abstract submissions to Susanna Ashton at sashton [at] clemson.edu by *January 16th 2012. *

Please put “RSAP panel submission” in the subject line, thanks.

Announcing the ProQuest and RSAP $1000 Article Prize

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2011

For the best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar published in (or accepted for publication in) a peer-reviewed academic journal.

The third annual ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco, CA.  May 24-27, 2012.  Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.  The winner and two runners up will be notified by the end of January 2012 and will be featured as panelists on an RSAP-sponsored distinguished papers panel at ALA. Articles are judged by a blind peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.

Applicants are invited to submit an electronic copy of their articles together with our downloadable registration form. Send in .doc, .docx, or PDF format to the committee’s chair, Eric Gardner <gardner at svsu.edu> (please substitute @ for at).

All copies should be formatted for blind review and thus without identifying references or title.  Applicants for the ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their work.

Questions & Submissions? Contact Prize Committee Chair, Eric Gardner, at

Dr. Eric Gardner
Department of English
Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road
University Center, Michigan 48710
<gardner at svsu.edu> (please substitute @ for at)

Download the informational flyer.