The Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize
for Gothic Criticism
Call for nominations.
As a memorial to Dr Allan Lloyd Smith (1945-2010), founding President of the International Gothic Association, the IGA established in 2011 a prize of £200 to be awarded for a scholarly publication considered to have advanced the field of Gothic studies.
Nominations may be submitted only by individual members of the IGA, though nominated works do not have to have been published by a member of the Association. Nominated works may be single- or multi-authored monographs or collections of essays. Short articles, individual chapters in longer volumes, original fiction and poetry are not eligible, though scholarly (i.e., introduced, annotated and resourced) editions of Gothic texts may be considered.
A panel of past Presidents will assess the nominations before drawing up a shortlist. The panel of past Presidents reserve the right not to make an award should no nominated work satisfy the criteria of the Prize. The panel of past Presidents will advise the serving President or Joint-Presidents of their decision prior to the biennial conference. The Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize will be presented (or, if the winning author is not present, announced) during the conference.
For the current round of nominations, books published over the last 24 months (i.e., from January 1st 2011 to December 31st 2012) are eligible. The deadline for nominations for the prize is 31st January 2013. We will publish the long-list on the IGA website.
Nominations should be sent to Dr Shelley Trower, Secretary to the Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize for Gothic Criticism, via e-mail: email@example.com
IGA Presidents 2009-11: William Hughes (Bath Spa University) and Andrew Smith (University of Sheffield)
Executive Officer: Monica Germana (University of Westminster, U.K.)
Gothic Studies Editor: William Hughes (Bath Spa University, U.K.)
Web Officer: Stuart Lindsay (Stirling University, U.K.)
The International Gothic Association unites teachers, scholars, students, artists, writers and performers from around the world who are interested in any aspect of gothic culture: fiction, drama, poetry, art, film, music, architecture, popular culture and technology. It promotes the study and dissemination of information on gothic culture from the mid eighteenth century to the contemporary moment. The only association of its kind, the IGA is the academic centre for people interested in an analysis of the gothic.
The Association holds an international conference every two years. Sponsored by host institutions from all over Europe and North America, the IGA has so far met in East Anglia, Stirling, Horace Walpole’s house at Strawberry Hill (where the literary gothic began…) and Liverpool in the U.K.; in Halifax, Vancouver and Montréal in Canada, Aix-en-Provence in France, Lancaster in the UK, and, most recently, in Heidelberg, Germany. The next IGA conference will be held at the University of Surrey in England, in August 2013. The Association provides financial help for postgraduates giving papers at the conference in the form of bursaries for which interested participants can compete. In addition, the IGA sponsors joint sessions with other academic organisations, such as BARS (British Society for the Study of Romanticism), NASSR (North American Society for Studies in Romanticism), ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English) and ALA (American Literature Association). Finally, small one-day conferences that have a significant gothic content can apply for assistance in underwriting the cost of the conference: successful applicants receive up to £100.