University English Book Prize 2014

Entries are invited for the University English Book Prize, awarded annually for the best scholarly book by an early-career academic working in an English department affiliated to University English (formerly known as CCUE).

The 2014 prize will cover books published in 2013. Eligible books include monographs, scholarly editions and textbooks in all areas of English studies, including language and linguistics. Creative writing, translations and bibliographies are not eligible. 

Submitted books should be by early-career researchers (including part-time staff) who have completed a doctorate within the last five years (i.e. awarded in 2009 or later).

Judges will consider the following criteria in making the award:

1) originality: a significant contribution to understanding and knowledge of a field in English studies.

2) significance: the timeliness of the work and its importance for the community of researchers and teachers.

3) rigour: qualities such as intellectual scope, methodological precision and depth of scholarship.

The prize is worth £200 and the author of the winning entry will usually be requested to deliver a research paper at either the conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) or at the Annual General Meeting of University English.  

Submissions should normally be made by Heads of Department (School, Division etc.). Only one submission is permitted per department, and the department must be affiliated to University English.

Two copies should be sent directly to the Book Prize Panel Chair at the address below (we regret that it is not possible to return copies of books submitted). The judges may exceptionally elect to consider any book that is eligible if they feel it should be taken into account, and in such cases they will communicate this decision to the relevant Head. 

Deadline for submission: 6th December 2014

The prize-winner will be announced at the University English Annual General Meeting in 2015. Shortlisted authors will be notified via Heads of Department approximately two weeks before this, and the shortlist published on the University English website at

Books should be sent to:

Dr Delia da Sousa Correa
University English Book Prize
English Department
Arts Faculty
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

Alternatively, the book copies may be presented to us directly by your delegate to the University English OGM in London on 6th December.

In either event, please also email details of the book submitted (author, title, publication date) to: delia.dasousa(at)

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