Annual awards given to recognize achievement in publication, conference presentation, and archives research in the field of early drama studies.
For an essay or book published in the 18 months before January 30, 2018:
- Martin Stevens Award for best new essay in early drama studies ($250 award + one year membership in MRDS)
- Barbara Palmer Award for best new essay in early drama archival research ($250 award + one year membership in MRDS)
- David Bevington Award for best new book in early drama studies (non-Shakespearean, no edited volumes) ($500 award + two years membership in MRDS)
For a conference paper presented in the 12 months before January 30, 2018:
- Alexandra Johnston Award for best conference paper in early drama studies by a graduate student ($250 award + one year membership in MRDS)
DEADLINE for nominations: January 30, 2018
Eligibility: All MRDS members and non-members
The Judges: Each category of submissions is judged by committees made up of members of the MRDS Executive Council or the membership at large.
For the Palmer and Stevens Awards, please send the published article as an attachment to an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee will consider any essay published within 18 months of the deadline and judged by the committee to be of outstanding quality. All essays submitted will be considered for both awards, if appropriate, but no essay can win both prizes. Qualifying essays published in a collection may be submitted for the Stevens and Palmer Awards.
For the Johnston Award, papers should include the name and date of the conference at which the paper was delivered, and the presenter's name, the title of the paper, and a contact number or email. Please send the paper as an attachment to an email addressed to email@example.com. We encourage graduate students to seek out a mentor to review their work before submission. MRDS members are happy to serve as mentors.
For the Bevington Award, please send one hard copy of the book (plus a copy in digital form if you like) to Robert Clark, Department of Modern Languages, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66502. An author unable to supply a hard copy, may submit the book in digital form only, though hard copy is preferred. Digital copies should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee will consider any book of high quality published within18 months of the deadline. Publishers: please limit submissions for the Bevington to two books per year.
NOTE: Edited collections and Shakespearean studies are not eligible for the Bevington Award.
Announcement of Award Winners
Awards announcement and presentation will take place during the annual MRDS business meeting in May 2018, at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.