RSAP gives a biannual award of $1000 in recognition of the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press. Books are judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board. Winners and honorable mentions are invited to present their work at the annual ALA meeting.

RSAP Book Prize Registration Form

Please fill out this form and send, along with an electronic copy of your monograph, to Benjamin Fagan at

All submissions must be received by December 15, 2020.

Download the form here.

Past Book Prize Winners

2017-2018 Book Prize (see call for entries)

Kirsten MacLeod, American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle: Art, Protest, and Cultural Transformation (University of Toronto Press, 2018)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Graham Thompson, Herman Melville among the Magazines
  • Thomas Aiello, The Grapevine of the Black South: The Scott Newspaper Syndicate in the Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement
  • Agatha Beins, Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity

2015-2016 Book Prize (see call for entries)

Eric Gardner, Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture (Oxford UP, 2015)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Elizabeth Groeneveld, Making Feminist Media: Third-Wave Magazines on the Cusp of the Digital Age (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016)
  • Benjamin Fagan, The Black Newsaper and the Chosen Nation (Athens: Univ. Georgia Press, 2016)
  • Grant Wythoff, The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientification (NY: Columbia UP, 2016)

2013-2014 Book Prize (see call for entries)

Tim Lanzendörfer, The Professionalization of the American Magazine: Periodicals, Biography, and Nationalism in the Early Republic. (Schöningh, 2013)

2011-2012 Book Prize (see call for entries)

Jared Gardner, The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2012)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Ellen Gruber Garvey, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford UP, 2012)

Past Article Prize Winners

2018 Article Prize

La Casse, Christopher J. “From the Historical Avant-Garde to Highbrow Coterie Modernism: The Little Review’s Wartime Advances and Retreats.” Criticism, vol. 57, no. 4, 2015, pp. 581–608.

Josh Schneiderman, “The New York School, the Mainstream, and the Avant-Garde.” Contemporary Literature 57.3 (2016): 346-378.

Honorable Mentions

  • Fraser, Gordon. “Emancipatory Cosmology: Freedom’s Journal, The Rights of All, and the Revolutionary Movements of Black Print Culture.” American Quarterly, vol. 68 no. 2, 2016, p. 263-286.
  • Gray, Paige. “Join the Club: African American Children’s Literature, Social Change, and the Chicago Defender Junior.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 42 no. 2, 2017, p. 149-168. 

2016 Article Prize

Montse Feu, “The US Hispanic Flapper: Pelonas and Flapperismo in Spanish-language Newspapers 1920-1929.” Studies in American Humor Journal. 1.2 (2015): 192-217.

2014 ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize (see call & full announcement)

Ryan Cordell, “‘Taken Possession of’: The Reprinting and Reauthorship of Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Antebellum Religious Press,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 7.1 (2013).

Honorable mentions

  • Melissa Renn, for “Beyond the ‘Shingle Factory’: The Armory Show in the Popular Press after 1913,” Journal of Curatorial Studies 2.3 (2013): 384-404.
  • Charlton Yingling, “No One Who Reads the History of Hayti Can Doubt the Capacity of Colored Men: Racial Formation and Atlantic Rehabilitation in New York City’s Early Black Press, 1827–1841,” Early American Studies (11.2) 2013: 314-348.

2012 ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize (see call & full announcement)

James Berkey, “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.

Honorable mentions

  • Jessica Isaac, “Youthful Enterprises: Amateur Newspapers and the Pre-History of Adolescence, 1867-1883,” American Periodicals (22.2) 2012: 158-177.
  • Rochelle Raineri Zuck, “’Yours in the Cause’: Readers, Correspondents and the Editorial Politics of Carlos Montezuma’s Wassaja,” American Periodicals (22.1) 2012: 72-93.

2011 ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize (see call & full announcement)

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

Honorable mentions

  • Sara Lindey, “Boys Write Back: Self-Education and Periodical Authorship in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Story Papers,” American Periodicals 21.1
  • Nikhil Bilwakesh, “‘Their faces were like so many of the same sort at home’: American Responses to the Indian Rebellion of 1857,” American Periodicals 21.1

2010 ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize

Sari Edelstein, “‘Metamorphosis of the Newsboy’: E.D.E.N. Southworth’s The Hidden Hand and the Antebellum Story-Paper,” Studies in American Fiction 37.1 (Spring 2010): 29-53)

Honorable Mentions

  1. Isadora Anderson Helfgott, “Art in Life: Fashioning Political Ideology Through Visual Culture in Mid-Century America,” American Periodicals 20.2 (2010): 269-94)
  2. Nadia Nurhussein, “‘On Flow’ry Beds of Ease’: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Cultivation of Dialect Poetry in the Century,” American Periodicals 20.1 (2010): 46-67)

2009 ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize

Amanda Gailey, University of Nebraska—Lincoln

Honorable Mentions

Christine Holbo, Arizona State University
Cynthia Patterson, University of South Florida Polytechnic