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The Robert H. Elias Essay Prize, named after the pioneering Dreiser scholar, is sponsored by the International Theodore Dreiser Society and is awarded annually to the graduate student or untenured faculty member who submits the best previously unpublished essay on the topic of naturalism or on the work of a naturalist author. Elias knew Dreiser and wrote the first official biography, Theodore Dreiser, Apostle of Nature (1949), and his groundbreaking three-volume edition of Dreiser's letters (1959) was the standard collection of the novelist's general correspondence for fifty years.
Applicants may submit essays that consider any aspect of naturalism, broadly conceived. We are especially interested in essays that push the boundaries of conventional conceptions of naturalism and those that make a case for extending traditional interpretations to later writers or that establish connections to other literary movements. In addition to a cash award of $250, the winning essay will appear in Studies in American Naturalism, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Society. Other worthy essays besides the winner will be considered for publication as well. Electronic submissions are encouraged, either as Word or PDF files. Please identify yourself on a cover page and not on the manuscript itself, and include a postal mailing address and telephone number.
Deadline: June 15, 2012
Manuscripts should be sent to
Studies in American Naturalism
Department of English
Louisiana State University in Shreveport
Shreveport, LA 71115
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