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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:

Please make sure to follow these instructions to the letter to ensure that your application is received and processed.  Please compile the following documents.  Label each file with the document name, followed by the applicant’s last name and 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 will be initiated during the application process and added to your application.

Applications must be submitted online by January 5, 2019. 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.

If you have questions, please direct them to the chair of the publication committee Monica Popescu (monica.popescu@mcgill.caand must carry the subject line: “ACLA Helen Tartar Book Subvention".


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