Publication Awards


The Society seeks nominations for awards for scholarly work on women and gender in the early modern period (ca. 1450-1750) published/completed between June 2021 and May 2024. Items previously submitted for an SSEMWG award may not be resubmitted, nor is an item eligible for consideration in more than one category. Any member or publisher can nominate an item for consideration. Self-nominations are encouraged. Selection of awards will be made by the SSEMWG prize committee.

The deadline for all nominations is May 15th, 2024. The deadline includes receipt of all relevant information as well as all materials. Awards will be announced in November 2024.

Awards Categories:

  • Book Award (scholarly monographs)
  • First Book Prize (scholarly monographs)

The SSEMWG First Book Prize will recognize a single-authored, peer-reviewed scholarly monograph that furthers the mission of the Society (click here to view the Society’s mission statement) and that is the author’s first published book, regardless of their career stage or institutional affiliation. We welcome nominations published in English from any of our sub-disciplines or related fields.

  • Editions Awards (critical editions of primary sources)

For this category, we are seeking nominations for both teaching and scholarly editions. We have three categories for which we may award prizes in a given year. These include: the Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition; an award for a teaching edition; and an award for a scholarly edition in translation. Please note: we do not always award prizes for all three of these categories. We ask that all editions nominations be made simply to the umbrella category of “Editions Awards.”

  • Collaborative Project Award (Edited Collections of Essays, etc.)
  • Digital Scholarship, New Media, & Art Award (Web-based projects, exhibitions, concerts, productions of plays, etc.)

Note: Since such projects often do not have a single date of publication, nominations are accepted for projects operating between July 2021 and May 2024.

  • Graduate Student Conference Presentation Award
  • Essay/Article Award
  • SSEMWG also administers the prize for the best article published in each volume of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. All articles published in the journal are automatically considered for the prize.

Click here to nominate items for the 2024 SSEMWG awards, please submit the required information including a digital version of the submission via Google Forms (

If you are nominating an item for the Book Award, First Book Prize, Editions Award(s), or Collaborative Project Award please request that your publisher send three copies to the following by May 15, 2024:

Jessica Weiss
MSU Denver Dept. of Art
1201 5th Street
Denver, CO  80204

Please send all inquiries to the Awards Committee Chairs, Jessica Weiss and Jennifer Welsh (