Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize

Competition in 2016 for Books Published in 2015

Open to Members and Nonmembers of the Association

The Committee on Honors and Awards of the Modern Language Association invites authors to compete for the twenty-sixth annual Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book published in English or Spanish in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures. The prize was established in 1990 by a gift from the parents of Katherine Singer Kovacs, a member of the MLA who died in May 1989. A specialist in Spanish and Latin American literature and film, Professor Kovacs taught at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and Whittier College.

Under the terms of the gift, the prize selection committee will be especially interested in original, broadly interpretive books that enhance understanding of the interrelations among literature, the other arts, and society and that offer fresh perspectives on the field. Books published in 2015 will be eligible for the competition in 2016; the deadline for entries is 1 May 2016. Authors of competing books need not be members of the MLA.

To enter a book into the competition, authors or publishers should send six copies to the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, Modern Language Association, 85 Broad Street, suite 500, New York, NY 10004-2434. In the case of a born-digital publication, send the relevant media or URL and a letter identifying the work to awards@mla.org. The prize, which consists of a cash award and a certificate, will be presented to the winning author at the association's annual convention in January 2017. Publishers may enter more than one title. Books entered in this competition may also compete for the James Russell Lowell Prize or the MLA Prize for a First Book, provided they meet eligibility requirements. The winning author will be contacted in September, and a public announcement will be made in early December. Because of the volume of submissions, we regret that we are unable to contact each entrant individually.

For further information, call or write the MLA office of programs (646 576-5141; awards@mla.org).

Past winners of this prize