Call for Submissions: 2021 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Theresa Schmid on January 13, 2021

Submissions are now open for the 2021 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities. The prize is awarded in memory of disability studies pioneer Tobin Siebers, Professor of English at the University of Michigan and author of many influential books and articles in the field of Disability Studies. The prize is awarded yearly for the best book-length manuscript on a topic of pressing urgency in the field (with the exception of 2020, due to the challenges presented by COVID-19). Reflecting on 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. The deadline is August 1, 2021. The winner will be announced in November 2021.  Winners receive a cash prize of $1500, and a book contract from the University of Michigan Press to be published in the Corporealities: Discourses of Disability series. In addition, the winner of the 2021 prize will receive the unique opportunity to participate in the Fall 2021 book launch event for Sex, Identity, Aesthetics: The Work of Tobin Siebers and Disability Studies as a panelist among three of the volume’s editors and members of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.

This prize is funded by the Tobin Siebers Memorial Fund.

Previous winners:

2019 Kateřina Kolářová, Rehabilitative Post-Socialism: Disability, Race, Gender, and Sexuality and the Limits of National Belonging

2018 Stephen Knadler, Vitality Politics: Health, Debility, and the Limits of Black Emancipation

2017 Elizabeth B. Bearden, Monstrous Kinds: Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability

2016 Shelley L. Tremain, Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability

2015 Anne McGuire, War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence


Guidelines for Submissions

Eligible submissions include complete book-length scholarly manuscripts not under consideration by another publisher. Unrevised dissertations, fiction, poetry, and memoirs will not be considered.  Manuscripts and supporting documents should be in digital format and must be sent via email to no later than August 1, 2021.

In addition to a complete book-length manuscript, please send the following materials: 

  • A description of the manuscript
  • A brief statement regarding its relative contribution to the field of Disability Studies
  • The word count and illustration count
  • A current curriculum vitae

For assistance with the submission process, please contact

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