NB: The next Finneran, Bowers, and Textual Cultures Prizes will be awarded in 2017 for books and essays published between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2017. Nominations must be received by the chair of the prize committee by February 15, 2017. A copy of the nominated title must be sent to each of the three judges at that time. For more information, contact the STS secretary.


Please see below for information regarding recent prize winners!

The Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize

The Society for Textual Scholarship awards the Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize for an outstanding essay in textual studies substantially published for the first time during the two years since the previous award. Essays published in periodicals, critical books, and collections by diverse hands are eligible for the Bowers Prize. If part of a longer work, the significance of the essay must be independent of that context. The Prize, which includes an honorarium, is presented at the biennial conference and carries a cash honorarium of $500.

The 2013 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize was awarded to Alan Galey for “The Enkindling Reciter: E-books in the Bibliographical Imagination,” Book History 15 (2012).

Past Winners of the Bowers Memorial Prize

The 2003 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize was awarded to Professor Matthew G. Kirschenbaum for “Editing the Interface: Textual Studies and First Generation Electronic Objects,” TEXT 14 (2002): 15-51. The Prize Committee consisted of Marta L. Werner, Chair, Nicholas Frankel, and Trevor Howard-Hill.

The 2005 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize was awarded to Professor Randall McLeod for his essay “Gerard Hopkins and The Shapes of His Sonnets,” which appeared in Voice Text Hypertext: Emerging Practices in Textual Studies, edited by Raimonda Modiano, Leroy F. Searle, and Peter Shillingsburg (Seattle: U of Washington Press, 2004). The 2005 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize Committee consisted of Nicholas Frankel, Chair, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, and Marta L. Werner.

The 2007 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize was awarded to Professor Lawrence Rainey for his essay, “With Automatic Hand: Writing the Waste Land,” from his book Revisiting the Waste Land (Yale, 2005). The 2007 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize Committee consisted of Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Chair, Marta L. Werner, and Randall McLeod.

The 2009 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize was awarded to Dr. Gabrielle Dean, for her essay “Grid Games: Gertrude Stein’s Diagrams and Detectives,” which appeared in the April 2008 issue of Modernism/Modernity. The 2009 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize Committee consisted of H. Wayne Storey (chair), Marta Werner, and Randall McLeod.

The 2011 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize was awarded to Professor Colbey Emmerson Reid, for her essay “Mina Loy’s Design Flaws,” which appeared in the 2007-08 issue of Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies (published in May 2009). The 2011 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize Committee consisted of Meg Roland (chair), Nicholas Frankel, and Gabrielle Dean.

The Textual Cultures Prize

The Textual Cultures Prize honors the author of the best article published in the Society of Textual Scholarship’s journal, Textual Cultures, during the two calendar years since the previous award. The prize carries an honorarium of $250 and is selected by the editorial staff of the journal.

The 2013 Textual Cultures Prize (at that time called the “Executive Director’s Prize”) was awarded to Marta Werner for “Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan: Writing Otherwise” and “‘Reportless Places’: Facing the Modern Manuscript.”

Past Winners of the Textual Cultures Prize

The prize, for work published in Textual Cultures during calendar years 2008 and 2009, was awarded for the first time at the 2011 Conference to Michelangelo Zaccarello for his essay in the Spring 2009 issue, “Metodo stemmatico ed ecdotica volgare italiana: Brevi considerazioni su alcuni recenti contributi metodologici.” The 2011 prize committee consisted of H. Wayne Storey (chair), Edward Burns, Daniel O’Sullivan, and Alvaro Barbieri.

The Richard J. Finneran Award

In the winter of 2005, the STS Executive Board voted to raise money to establish an enduring memorial to Richard J. Finneran in the form of the Finneran Award, a prize given in recognition of the best edition or book about editorial theory and/or practice published in the English language during the two calendar years since the previous award. On the model of the Bowers Award, the Finneran Award carries a cash honorarium of $500.

The 2013 Richard J. Finneran Award was presented for The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, vol. 3, to Co-General Editors: Donald H. Reiman, Neil Fraistat, and Nora Crook; Associate Editors: Stuart Curran, Michael J. Neth, and Michael O’Neill; and Assistant Editor: David Brookshire.

Past Winners of the Finneran Memorial Award

At the 2007 New York conference, the first Finneran Award was presented to Professor Peter Shillingsburg for his wonderful 2006 study, From Gutenberg to Google: Electronic Representations of Literary Texts (Cambridge University Press, 2006). The committee also awarded a second place prize to Professor Philip Gossett for his masterful study Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera (Chicago, 2006). The 2007 Finneran Award Committee consisted of Nancy Goslee, David Holdeman, and George Bornstein.

At the 2009 conference, the second iteration of the prize went to Matthew Kirschenbaum for his provocative volume, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (MIT Press, 2008). Kirschenbaum’s elegant parsing of the materiality of digital texts has had a significant impact on textual studies. The committee also awarded a second place prize to Professors Richard Finneran (posthumously) for his edition of W. B. Yeats’ The Tower (Cornell, 2007). Richard’s children, Rich and Kate, accepted the award in Richard’s memory, along with his sister-in-law Nora. The 2009 Finneran Committee consisted of Peter Shillingsburg, David Holdeman, and James L. W. West, III.

At the 2011 conference at Penn State, the third Finneran Award was presented to Professor Paul Eggert, for Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture, and Literature (Cambridge, 2009), which the judges found to be a “major advancement in the field that all future work will have to reckon with.” The 2011 Finneran Committee consisted of Russell McDonald (chair), James L.W. West III, and Matt Cohen.

If you would like to make a donation to the Richard Finneran Memorial Fund, please send your check, payable to the Society for Textual Scholarship, to our Treasurer:

Gabrielle Dean
Treasurer, Society for Textual Scholarship
c/o The Sheridan Libraries
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218
U.S.A.

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