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Book Subvention

The ACLA Executive Board is pleased to announce our new First Book Subvention Program. This program is designed for ACLA-member authors who require subventions to ensure publication of their first books. The ACLA will award up to $10,500 in subventions each year with up to three awards of $3,500 each.  These subventions will be awarded on a competitive basis to first-time book authors. Applicants who have already secured provisional contracts from established academic presses will be given special consideration, but a provisional contract is not a requirement for the award. Subventions will be paid directly to the press.


Application Process:
Applications should consist of the following items and be submitted electronically to ACLA publications committee chair, Professor Yogita Goyal, by February 25, 2018.


Please make sure that the subject line of your email says “ACLA 2018 Helen Tartar Book Subvention Application [Last name, First name of Applicant”]

Please make sure to follow these instructions to the letter to ensure that your application is received and processed.

*Compile a single PDF with the following documents, in order.  Label the file with applicant’s last name, followed by first name. 

1.     A standard humanities book proposal that includes a short description, a summary of the manuscript in no more than 1,000 words, chapter summaries, as well as information on the book’s relationship to the field, market, and methods. 

2.     A completed application form (which includes both the author’s application
as well as the publisher’s application). A link to the author form may be found here. A link to the form for publishers is here.

3.     The applicant's Curriculum Vitae.

4.     A complete manuscript.

You are also required to solicit a letter of support from a member of the field who is not affiliated with the applicant’s degree granting institution, current place of employment, or dissertation committee.  The letter should be sent directly to the publications committee chair ( by the recommender and must carry the subject line: “ACLA 2018 Helen Tartar Book Subvention Letter of Recommendation [Last Name, First Name of Applicant].

Applications will be reviewed by the ACLA Publications Committee in consultation with the Executive Board. Decisions will be final.  The awards will be announced at the ACLA convention in Los Angeles. 

For a list of current year winners, and past winners of the First Book Subvention Award, click here.