About the Tobin Siebers Prize
First awarded to Anne McGuire in 2015 for her manuscript, War on Autism, The Tobin Siebers Prize is in memory of a Michigan professor of English who was also co-chair of the university’s Initiative on Disability Studies. Professor Siebers wrote several influential books and articles, and was remembered by a colleague and friend as someone whose “legacy lives on in his nourishing critical perspective [and] his passion and presence, and it will continue to thrive and grow in the thoughts his writings allow us to spin out.”
To honor this legacy, the University of Michigan Press and the University of Michigan Department of English Language and Literature established The Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities, for best book-length manuscript on a topic of pressing urgency in this field. Reflecting the work of the scholar the prize commemorates, the competition invites submissions on a wide range of topics, from literary and cultural studies, to trans-historical research, to contributions to disability theory such as work in crip/queer studies.
Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winner will be announced in January, 2018 at the Modern Language Association and will receive a contract from the University of Michigan Press to be published in the “Corporealities: Discourses of Disability” series.
Guidelines for Submissions
Eligible submissions include complete book-length monographic manuscripts not under consideration by another publisher. Unrevised dissertations and memoir will not be considered. Manuscripts should be submitted by September 15, 2017 in digital format using this web form, along with:
- A description of the manuscript
- A statement regarding its relative contribution to the field of Disability Studies
- The word count and illustration count
- A current curriculum vitae