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TERRA FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN ART INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION GRANT

Background and Past Winners

Criteria

Applications for publication grants will be considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a nonprofit or commercial publisher. The Terra Foundation defines “American art” as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States. This definition applies to scholarly manuscript grants and translation grants. Manuscripts from US publishers must be on a topic in American art that presents American art in an international context.

Applications are judged in relation to the following: Manuscript excellence and adherence to guidelines is of utmost importance; support of the field and effective dissemination of scholarly works on American art are also primary considerations in making awards. Additionally, from publishers in the United States will be judged in relation to the project’s international dimension.

SCHEDULE

A letter of intent must be received in the CAA office no later than September 14, 2018. Applicants will be notified by email to confirm that a complete application should be submitted. To be considered by the jury, completed applications must be received at the CAA office no later than December 10, 2018. Applicants will be notified about awards by April.

Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a nonprofit or commercial publisher. In particular circumstances involving non-US publishers, projects being considered for publication may also apply. Self-published manuscripts are not eligible for this grant.

Manuscripts must adhere to the subject matter of the award for which they are applying (see Application Process, Schedule, and Checklist). Applications must be submitted by the publisher for the US and non-US book grants; publishers and authors/translators can apply for the translation grant. Exhibition and collection catalogues, books on architecture (including urban design and landscape design), popular film or mainstream cinema, and catalogues raisonné are not eligible for an award.

Scholarly books in print or digital formats from commercial and nonprofit presses are eligible for an award. A press can submit the same manuscript for other awards that CAA administers, but a book that wins one CAA publishing grant may not receive a second grant. A project that has been rejected for a grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant. Publishers are encouraged to submit no more than two books for consideration in any one grant period.

The grants are especially designed to cover image acquisition and translation costs, but may be used to cover any costs related to the publication's editing and production costs. Applications that propose enhancing the visual component of the study through the inclusion of color plates or an expanded component of black-and-white illustrations will be eligible for grants, as would exceptional design requirements (maps, line drawings, charts, and tables). Reimbursement for permission and reproduction rights as well as translation costs will also be appropriate.

Phase I: Letter of Intent

Before submitting a complete application on December 10, 2018, applicants to all three grants are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by September 14, 2018. After reviewing the LOI, CAA will contact the applicant with an invitation to submit a formal application if the project is deemed eligible for an award. This will take place by October 1, 2018.

The letter should be no longer than three pages. Please include the following:

For Scholarly Monographs

  • A description of the project
  • Information on the publication's target audience
  • How the book fits into the press's publication program
  • How the book will be illustrated
  • The book's formats (print, ebook, etc.)
  • The grant amount requested
  • A description of how the grant will be used
  • Information about peer reviews (number and name of reviewers, if already complete)
  • Information about the exclusion of any required application components

For Translations:

  • A description of the project
  • Information on the publication's target audience, For whom is this book marketed?
  • How the book fits into the press's publication program
  • How the book will be illustrated
  • The current language of the manuscript
  • The language for translation
  • Whether or not the book will be a dual-language publication
  • The second language for translation, if any
  • The significance of the original text and its translation into another languageThe book's formats (print, ebook, etc.)
  • The grant amount requested
  • A description of how the grant will be used
  • Information about peer reviews (number and name of reviewers, if already complete)
  • Information about the exclusion of any required application components
Publishers: Submit Your Letter of Intent Here

Reader’s Reports

Reader’s reports should be anonymous to the author but dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential), and they should not be more than three years old. The reports must be substantive, analytical evaluations of the complete manuscript. The author’s response to the reports should be included with the application so that the current state of the manuscript is made clear. If non-US applicants are unable to provide substantive, analytical evaluations of the complete manuscript from neutral parties, applicants can instead ask other parties to complete a confidential manuscript report, which states clearly the reviewer's relationship to the author. The confidential manuscript review form can be found here.

PHASE II

PROCESS

PROCESS The applicant first submits a letter in intent to publish by September 14. If the publisher or translator is invited to make a full application, they then gather all materials listed in the checklists below and submit them through the portal (linked below). Please read all instructions before applying.

The deadline to submit completed applications is December 10, 2018. Award notification takes place in April.

GRANT For a Scholarly Monograph:

This grant is open to nonprofit or commercial publishers. Manuscripts submitted by US publishers must be on a topic in American art that presents American art in an international context. “International context” could be defined as a body of work by an American artist completed in another country, demonstrable influence of American artwork on non-US artists, or influence of international events or artists on the work of a US artist, among others. Eligible publications must be under contract with a publisher. Applications must be submitted by the publisher; applications submitted by authors will not be accepted.

The publisher submits all components as follows**:

  • Form A
  • Cover letter, including project description and explanation of the publication’s significance and contribution to the field of American art and its place in the current literature on the topic
  • Abstract of the manuscript, approximately 1,000 words
  • Table of contents
  • Partial manuscript, including introduction and one to two chapters
  • Bibliography 
  • Illustration list
  • Copies of selected illustrations
  • Technical specifications and budget for the proposed application (include detailed breakdown of costs including typesetting, design, reproduction rights, translation fees, image fees, printing, marketing and distribution, and any other relevant information)
  • Author’s curriculum vitae
  • Manuscript reviews
  • Author’s response to manuscript reports§

**Application PDFs should be named Author’s Last Name_00_Complete, e.g. Sheehan_00_Complete. All application components, excluding the sample manuscript, must be submitted in English.

† Two or more detailed peer reviews or readers’ reports of the manuscript that have been submitted to the publisher. The reports must be substantive, analytical evaluations of the manuscript, addressing originality, significance of the scholarly contribution, and quality of the research and prose, and written by reviewers who are authorities on the material of the book. The jury does not admit reports written by the author’s dissertation adviser or other interested parties, such as a series editor. Note that readers’ reports are a significant and influential element of the grant application. Reviews are anonymous to the author but should be signed and dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential) and should not be more than three years old.

§A report should be dated, so that the current state of the manuscript is clear. If the author’s response is older than one year, a state-of-progress report should be included.

TRANSLATION GRANT

The grant is open to applicants from all nations for translation of a book, published or unpublished, on a topic in American art to English, or from English to another language. For this grant, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States. Applications can be submitted by the publisher or author/translator.

All components (excluding the partial manuscript) must be submitted in English. The publisher or author/translator submits all components as follows and sends them compiled as PDFs through the portal. Application PDFs should be named Author’s Last Name_00_Complete, e.g. Sheehan_00_Complete. All application components, excluding the sample manuscript, must be submitted in English.

  • Form A
  • Cover letter, including project description and explanation of the publication’s significance and contribution to the field of American art and its place in the current literature on the topic; specify source and target languages
  • Applicant form
  • Volume editor's and/or translator's curriculum vitae

  • Abstract of the manuscript of approximately 1,000 words

  • Table of contents

  • Partial manuscript, including ten to twelve single-spaced pages of the text in the original and translated language

  • Book reviews of the original text, including published reviews where possible

  • Bibliography 

  • Illustration list

  • Copies of selected illustrations

  • Technical specifications and detailed budget for the proposed publication±

±Include detailed breakdown of costs including typesetting, design, reproduction rights, translation fees, image fees, printing, marketing and distribution, and any other relevant information

SUCCESSFUL LETTER OF INTENT? SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION BELOW [INVITED PROJECTS ONLY]

Contact

Questions? Please contact Aakash Suchak, CAA Grants and Special Programs Manager, at 212-392-4435.

This program has been made possible through generous support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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