Ralph Cohen Prize

Ralph CohenThe 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.

Congratulations to Atti Viragh of the University of California, Berkeley English Department, for his essay, “The Grammar of Instress: Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Victorian Philosophers of Mind,” which has won the 2019 Ralph Cohen Prize. His essay will be published in New Literary History in 2020.

Honorable Mention goes to Austin Lillywhite of Cornell University’s Department of English for his essay “What Is a Raw Feel? Everyday Being and Reading with the Body.”

Many thanks to all those who submitted essays for this year’s prize.

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 13, 2020. 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.