Applications to the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award will be considered only for book-length, scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that are currently under contract with a publisher. Awards are made solely in support of image acquisition rather than production, such as for reimbursement of costs for the reproduction and licensing of images in print and digital formats. Applications are judged within the following parameters: (1) support will be for emerging scholars who have been awarded a PhD within the last six years (assistant professors in the tenure track, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career independent scholars); (2) funds are for reimbursement or anticipated expenses for rights and reproductions; and (3) books must be under contract with a publisher. Additional criteria for making awards include: contribution or importance to the field; significance and clarity of argument in submitted abstract and text sample; use of illustrations; depth of research and completeness of bibliography; and clarity of writing. Excellence within these criteria is the guiding principal for determining awards, however, an author will not receive an award without demonstration of image-acquisition costs.
Awards are open to authors of all nations; however, applications must be submitted in English.
Authors can be under contract with commercial or nonprofit publishers.
Books covering all periods and areas of art history and visual studies are eligible, except for those about the built environment, see below. Excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), or congress proceedings are not eligible.
A similar award (SAH–Mellon Author Awards) for emerging scholars publishing monographs on architectural history and the built environment is being administered by the Society for Architectural Historians (SAH). For more information, please contact Beth Eifrig, SAH assistant director of programs, at 312-573-1365. Both the CAA and SAH awards will provide leading authors in the early stages of their careers with the financial resources to acquire images for scholarly publications.
The author will have received a PhD within the previous six years and must submit proof and date of PhD and current professional standing.
The author must be a member of CAA.
A project that has been rejected for a grant in the spring may not be resubmitted in the fall.
The jury meets to consider awards twice annually, in the spring and fall. To be considered at the spring meeting, completed applications must be received at the CAA office no later than March 15, 2013. To be considered at the fall meeting, applications must be received no later than September 15, 2013.
Application materials, including the Author’s Form and Publisher’s Form, must be submitted to CAA with the additional materials in the Checklist. The author is responsible for requesting information from the publisher and ensuring that the publisher submits the Publisher’s Form, reader’s report, and budget to CAA.
In addition to the material submitted by the publisher, the author provides proof of PhD and current professional standing, response to reader’s reports supplied by the publisher, a complete list of images, sources, rights requested and obtained, and costs per image, and individual portions of the manuscript itself. Please see the checklist for more information.
A Note on Reader’s Reports
The author requests the publisher to submit two or more detailed peer reviews of the manuscript that provide substantive, analytical evaluations of the manuscript, addressing its originality, the significance of the scholarly contribution, and the quality of the research and prose. Reader’s reports must be written by authorities on the material of the book. The author should respond to anonymous versions of these reports, clarifying how readers’ responses are incorporated into the manuscript.
Reader’s reports should be submitted by the publisher and should be anonymous to the author but signed and dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential), and they should not be more than three years old. The jury does not admit reports written by the author’s dissertation adviser or other interested parties, such as a series editor.
Questions? Please contact Alex Gershuny, CAA editorial associate, at 212-392-4424.