ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present invites nominations and self-nominations for its annual Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize. All graduate students who attended the previous year’s ASAP conference are eligible to compete for the prize.


Papers are judged without regard to specific political point of view, aesthetic position, or topic: any graduate student who presented at the previous year’s conference (ASAP/11) in College Park, Maryland, may be considered. The author must be a member of the association in good standing at the time of nomination.


The winner will be announced at the annual meeting of the association (ASAP/12 in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 15-17, 2020) and via the association’s website and social media thereafter. The winner will receive a copy of the winner of the ASAP Book Prize, a waiver for the conference luncheon, and $100.


Submission guidelines

The paper must be the paper presented at the conference. It should not be revised or edited in any way. Papers submitted to seminars are eligible, but submissions longer than 12 double-spaced pages (works cited excluded) will not be accepted.


Send nominations or self-nominations directly to


Yogita Goyal

Past President, ASAP

Professor of African American Studies and English



with the exact subject line: ASAP Graduate Prize Nomination. There is no limit to how many papers a member can nominate. Nominations are due by Tuesday, September 1, 2020.


For more information about the prize, including a list of previous winners, visit