ASAP is proud to promote the best scholarship concerning the literary, visual, performing, and media arts, and we are deeply committed to promoting the excellent work done by members of the association.

To this end, the Association sponsors scholarly prizes for the best book each year and the best graduate student paper produced every other year at the Association’s biennial conference.

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ASAP’s book prize is awarded annually for the book that makes the most significant contribution to the study of the arts of the present. Books are considered without regard to specific political point of view, aesthetic position, country of origin, publisher, or topic: any book that discusses the contemporary ARTS may be considered for the prize. The prize is given for a book published in the year prior to the submission deadline, which is usually in March. The committee consists of 2-3 members of the association appointed by the Motherboard. The winner will be announced at the annual meeting of the Association and on all Association social media sites and will receive a prize of $500.

  • The award is for scholarly rather than creative production (creative writing, original artwork, etc.), though we understand that the boundaries between these can be malleable.

  • Jointly authored monographs will be considered, but textbooks, anthologies, and collections by multiple authors, including bound editions of special issues of journals, are not eligible.

  • Critical media scholarship may be submitted in its publisher’s distribution format.

  • Self-published work is not eligible for the award. All submissions must be reputably refereed publications.

  • Books must be in English.

  • Publisher, third party, and self-nominations are encouraged. There are no limits on the number of books that one publisher can submit.

  • Authors need not be members of ASAP at the time of submission.

  • Authors are encouraged to request their publishers to send 3 copies of their books to the book award committee for prize consideration.

All graduate students who present papers at the ASAP biennial conference are invited to compete for the prize for the best paper written and presented by a graduate student at the conference. Papers are judged without regard to specific political point of view, aesthetic position, or topic: any paper presented at an ASAP conference may be considered for the prize. The winner will receive a copy of a prize-winning book from the ASAP Best Book Prize, a waiver of fee for the ASAP Luncheon, and a $100 cash award.

  • Only ASAP members in good standing can submit work for consideration for the graduate student paper award.

  • Papers considered for the prize must have been presented at the most recent ASAP conference.

  • Papers may be self-nominated or nominated by members of the association who attended the conference at which the paper was presented.

  • The paper must be the paper presented at the conference. It should not be in any way revised or edited for consideration by the prize committee.

  • Longer papers submitted to seminars are eligible, but submissions longer than 12 double-spaced pages (works cited excluded) will not be accepted.

  • Papers must be submitted electronically to the chair of the prize committee by the review deadline.

Prize Deadlines

Graduate Student Paper Prize: Dec. 1 Deadline

Any paper presented by a graduate student at ASAP/9 in Oakland/Berkeley is eligible to win ASAP’s Graduate Student Paper Prize for 2017. To enter the competition or nominate a paper on behalf of somebody else, email the paper exactly as it was delivered to the prize committee at by December 1.

The winning paper will be selected from the range of submissions without preference for any particular discipline, genre, method, or political perspective.

More information about eligibility and selection criteria is below.

The author of the winning paper will receive a copy of a book that won the ASAP Book Prize; a waiver of the fee for the ASAP Luncheon; and a $100 cash award.

 

2017 ASAP Book Prize Shortlist

The winner of the 2017 ASAP Book Prize will be announced at the ASAP/9 Awards lunch during the annual convention in Oakland, CA, October 26-28, 2017. In the meantime, the Prize Committee is publishing a shortlist to recognize the extraordinary quality and range of submissions this year.
These books demonstrate a profound degree of expertise in their immediate field and medium(s) of study, and they also address scholars and practitioners in other fields, disciplines and geographical regions. They are also pleasurable to read.
They range in focus from Brazilian performance art to Asian American literature, from comics to film, from debt crises to digital media. For their liveliness and their timeliness, we recommend them to everybody who is interested in the arts of the present.
They are:
Ramzi Fawaz, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (New York: New York University Press, 2016).
Michael Boyce Gillespie, Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016.
Tung-Hui Hu, A Prehistory of the Cloud (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016).
Annie McClanahan, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016).
Irene V. Small, Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).
Amy C. Tang, Repetition and Race: Asian American Literature After Multiculturalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

2017 Shortlist

The winner of the 2017 ASAP Book Prize will be announced at the ASAP/9 Awards lunch during the annual convention in Oakland, CA, October 26-28, 2017. In the meantime, the Prize Committee is publishing a shortlist to recognize the extraordinary quality and range of submissions this year.

These books demonstrate a profound degree of expertise in their immediate field and medium(s) of study, and they also address scholars and practitioners in other fields, disciplines and geographical regions. They are also pleasurable to read.

They range in focus from Brazilian performance art to Asian American literature, from comics to film, from debt crises to digital media.  For their liveliness and their timeliness, we recommend them to everybody who is interested in the arts of the present.

They are:

Ramzi Fawaz, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (New York: New York University Press, 2016).

Michael Boyce Gillespie, Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016.

Tung-Hui Hu, A Prehistory of the Cloud (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016).

Annie McClanahan, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016).

Irene V. Small, Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Amy C. Tang, Repetition and Race: Asian American Literature After Multiculturalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

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2017 ASAP Book Prize Committee:
Jonathan P. Eburne, Penn State University (ex officio)
Sarah Chihaya, Princeton University
Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Washington University, St. Louis
Molly Warnock, Johns Hopkins University

The ASAP Book Prize

To be announced

Honorable Mention

To be announced

2016

Book Prize
Angela Naimou, Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood (Fordham University Press, 2015).

Honorable Mention (two awards)
J.D. Connor, The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood (1970-2010) (Stanford University Press, 2015).

and

Paul Stephens, The Poetics of Information Overload: From Gertrude Stein to Conceptual Writing (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

The 2016 Prize Committee Members were Marijeta Bozovic, Jonathan Eburne, and Matthew Jesse Jackson.

2015

Book Prize
Heather Houser, Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect (Columbia UP, 2014).

Honorable Mention
Sarah Brouillette, Literature and the Creative Economy (Stanford UP, 2014).

The 2015 Prize Committee Members were Jacob Edmond, Gloria Fisk, and Matthew Hart.

2014

Book Prize
Peter Osborne, Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art (Verso Books, 2013).

Honorable Mention
Min Hyoung Song, The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American (Duke University Press, 2013).

The 2014 Book Prize Committee members were Sarah Evans, Joseph Jeon, and Andrew Hoberek.

2013

Book Prize 
Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso Books, 2012).

Honorable Mention
Jacob Edmond, A Common Strangeness (Fordham Univeristy Press, 2012).

The 2013 ASAP Book Prize Committee members were Jesse Matz, Terry Smith, and Karen Jacobs.

2012

Book Prize
Kenneth Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing (Columbia University Press, 2011).

Book Prize Honorable Mention
Terry Smith, Contemporary Art: World Currents, published by Prentice Hall, 2011.

Best Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize
Nilgun Bayraktar, PhD candidate in performance studies at UC Berkeley, for the paper “The Production of Migrant Illegality: Social Infrastructures of Undocumented Mobility in Ursula Biemann’s Sahara Chronicle.”

The 2012 ASAP Book Prize judges were Amy Elias, Andrew Hoberek, and Melissa Lee.
The Best Graduate Student Paper Prize judges were Jesse Matz and Matthew Hart.