The Nineteenth Century Studies Association is pleased to announce the Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long nineteenth century (French Revolution to World War I). The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA conference. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded.

Entries can be from any discipline, must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged. Articles that appeared in print in a journal or edited collection in 2022 or between January 1, 2023 and June 30, 2023 are eligible for the 2024 Article Prize, which will be presented at the 2024 NCSA Conference in Louisville; if the date of publication does not fall within that span but the work appeared between those dates, then it is eligible.

Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be “in print” and are thus eligible. The first format in which an article is published, whether print or online is considered to be the official publication date.

Articles may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. 

Articles submitted to the NCSA Emerging Scholars Award competition are ineligible for the Article Prize and vice versa; only one entry per scholar or publisher to one of the two awards is allowed annually. Graduate students and colleagues within 6 years of completing a doctorate are encouraged to submit for the NCSA Emerging Scholars Award.

Nineteenth-Century Studies Association’s Officers, Board, Senior Advisory Committee, and Article Prize and Emerging Scholars Award Committee members are not eligible to receive the award until two years have elapsed since their service.

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2023.

To Apply
To submit a paper for consideration for the Article Prize, please go to this Google Form.

Dr. Scott Moore, Chair of the Article Prize Committee /

Previous Recipients

Heidi Pennington: “Interpreting the Labor and Legacy of the Independent Literary Typist; or, the Typing of Ethel Kate Dickens.” Victorian Literature and Culture 50.2 (Summer 2022): 386-416.

Michelle Foa. “In Transit: Edgar Degas and the Matter of Cotton, between New World and Old.” The Art Bulletin 102:3 (September 2020): 54-76.

Brian Sweeney. “Throwing Stones Across the Potomac: The Colored American Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Cultural Politics of National Reunion.” American Periodicals 29:2 (September 2019): 135-162. 

Sharon A. Weltman. “Melodrama, Purimspiel, and Jewish Emancipation.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 47.2 (Summer 2019): 305–345.

Michael Tondre. “The Impassive Novel: ‘Brain-Building’ in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean.” PMLA 133.2 (March 2018).

Henry Cowles. “The Age of Methods:  William Whewell, Charles Pierce, and Scientific Kinds.” Isis 107.4 (December 2016): 722-737.

Richard Taws, “The Dauphin and His Doubles: Visualizing Royal Imposture after the French Revolution,” The Art Bulletin 98.1 (2016).

James W. Cook. “Finding Otira: On the Geopolitics of Black Celebrity.” Raritan 34.2 (Fall 2014).

Elizabeth Buhe. “Sculpted Glyphs: Egypt and the Musée Charles X.” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 13.1 (Spring 2014).

Edward Melillo. “The First Green Revolution: Debt Peonage and the Making of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Trade, 1840-1930.” The American Historical Review 117.4 (October 2012): 1028-60.

Dehn Gilmore. “The Difficulty of Historical Work in the Nineteenth-Century Museum and the Thackeray Novel.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 67.1 (June 2012): 29-57.

Deborah Lutz. “The Dead Still Among Us: Victorian Secular Relics, Hair Jewelry and Death Culture,” Victorian Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 127-142.

Adriana Craciun. “The Frozen Ocean.” PMLA 125.3 (2010): 693-702.

Michael Gamer and Terry F. Robinson. “Mary Robinson and the Dramatic Art of the Comeback.” Studies in Romanticism 48.2 (Summer 2009): 219-256.

Marilyn R. Brown. “‘Miss La La’s ‘Teeth”: Reflections on Degas and ‘Race,'” The Art Bulletin, Vol. 89. 4 (December 2007): 738-65.

Holly Jackson. “Identifying Emma Dunham Kelley: Rethinking Race and Authorship,” PMLA 12.3 (2007): 728-41.

Stefan Bargheer. “Fools of the Leisure Class: Honor, Ridicule and the Emergence of Animal Protection Legislation in England, 1740-1840,” European Journal of Sociology. 47.1 (2006): 3-35.

Alan C. Braddock. “‘Jeff College Boys’: Thomas Eakins, Dr. Forbes, and “Anatomical Fraternity in Postbellum Philadelphia,” American Quarterly, 57.2 (2005): 355-83.

April F. Masten. “Shake Hands? Lily Martin Spencer and the Politics of Art,” American Quarterly, 56.2 (2004): 348-94.

H. Glenn Penny. “The Politics of Anthropology in the Age of Empire: German Colonists, Brazilian Indians, and the Case of Alberto Vojtech Fric,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 45.2 (2003): 240-80.