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David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award (formerly the Graduate Student Award)

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts presents an annual award and
stipend to the graduate student submitting the most outstanding paper at the Association’s
conference. The award, and a check for $250, will be presented to the winner at the Awards
Banquet on Saturday evening. Students must submit their completed paper (3500 words,
excluding bibliography) and verification of student status by February 1.


1. The student will have had a paper accepted for presentation at the Conference. The
paper submitted for the competition should be essentially the same as that presented at
the conference. The maximum length for entries is 3500 words (about 2 pages over the
recommended reading length of 8-9 pages). Students should be aware that funds are limited
and that only one award will be given. The paper selected will be published in the Journal of
the Fantastic in the Arts, and therefore must not have been previously published or submitted
for publication elsewhere. Please note that acceptance of a paper for the Conference does not
guarantee an award.

2. It is the responsibility of the student to send a copy of the paper by 1 February 2017 to the 1st
VP Isabella van Elferen (, as well as a copy of the letter of acceptance and verification of student status. Submissions may be in Word, RTF or PDF format.

3. The committee is looking for clear, coherent, and interesting writing. Essays should be
solidly grounded in scholarly tradition, showing awareness of previous studies and of historical
and theoretical contexts. Essays may use any suitable method of analysis, including historical
and sociological approaches as well as those that originate in literary theory. Essays will be
evaluated for their originality and quality of insight into the text.

The judges for the 2017 award will be:
Dr. Mark Bould, University of the West of England Bristol
Jordan S Carroll, UC Davis
Dr. Regina Hansen, Boston University