Ralph Cohen Prize

The Ralph Cohen Prize was founded in 2010 to honor the achievements of the founder and forty-year editor of New Literary History. It especially acknowledges Ralph Cohen’s longstanding commitment to encouraging and publishing the work of junior scholars.

Graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars are eligible to submit essays for the competition on any topic appropriate to the aims of New Literary History. They are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the journal’s guidelines and scholarly profile. Endnotes are used rather than bibliographies. Chicago style is preferred. Contributions should not exceed 9,000 words, including notes, and are accepted by regular mail or e-mail. Essays should not be under consideration elsewhere. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2021. All submissions should be clearly marked “Ralph Cohen prize” and emailed to newliteraryhistory@virginia.edu.

The winner of the award will receive a $2,000 honorarium. The essay will be published in a future issue of New Literary History.

Congratulations to Doyle Calhoun for his essay, “Dead Narrators, Queer Terrorists: On Suicide Bombing and Literature,” which has won the 2021 Ralph Cohen Prize.  His essay will be published next spring in New Literary History.