The Mediterranean Seminar/CU Mediterranean Studies Group announces three triennial book prizes: one for the best book in Mediterranean Studies, another for the best first book in Mediterranean Studies, and a third for the best source translation or edition relating to Mediterranean Studies. 

The Prizes
The first round for the best book will cover publications dated 2016-2019, applications are open now with a submission deadline of 1 January 2020. The winner will be announced on 1 May 2020 and, funding permitting, will be invited to present at the  Mediterranean Seminar workshop in fall 2020. Funding permitting, the prize will include a cash honorarium. Thereafter, the contest will be held triennially. 

The second round, for the best first book, will cover publications dated 2016—2020; applications open in 1 January 2020 with a submission deadline of 1 January 2021. The winner will be announced on 1 May 2021 and, funding permitting, will be invited to present at the Mediterranean Seminar workshop in fall 2021.  Funding permitting, the prize will include a cash honorarium. Thereafter, the contest will be held triennially. A first book is the first scholarly or scholarly-oriented trade book an author has published (not including editions and translations, which are not eligible for this prize). A single book cannot be submitted to both the best book and best first book prizes.

The third round, for the best source translation or edition relating to Mediterranean Studies, will cover publications dated 2016–2021, applications open in 1 January 2021 with a submission deadline of 1 January 2022. The winner will be announced on 1 May 2022 and, funding permitting, will be invited to present at the  Mediterranean Seminar workshop in fall 2022.  Funding permitting, the prize will include a cash honorarium. Thereafter, the contest will be held triennially. Books may only be submitted once. Edition refers to the edition of a text, not an edited volume.

Criteria
The entries submitted should reflect the goals and mission of the Mediterranean Seminar, namely, to promote the Mediterranean region as a framework for scholarly inquiry and pedagogy.See www.mediterraneanseminar.org for details.

We are most interested in books that break new ground conceptually or methodologically, are comparative and/or interdisciplinary, that emphasize the intercultural/interregional/inter-religious contact, that are “of” rather than merely “in” the Mediterranean. Although we focus on the pre- and Early Modern, books ranging from any period  will be considered. Books from any of the relevant Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines are welcome, including but not limited to all fields of history, art and material culture, literary and cultural studies, anthropology, and sociology. The Mediterranean is broadly construed as the region centered on the sea, but including connected hinterlands in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the western Indian Ocean, the Near East and Central Asia.

Contest Rules
Books submitted may include both scholarly and trade publications. Collections of essays and journal special editions are not eligible.
Only books in English are eligible. Books translated into English from other languages are eligible (publication date is considered to be the date first published in English)
Entries will include three copies of the book in question which are to be sent to the three judges, together with a statement of nomination (500 words maximum) either by the author or the nominating party. Book reviews and prize citations may be included as supporting material, and we encourage their submission.

Sponsorship
The Mediterranean Seminar/CUMSG is amenable to consider naming these prizes. If you are interested in potentially endowing one of the prizes please contact mailbox@mediterraneanseminar.org.

For inquiries please contact mailbox@mediterraneanseminar.org.
To submit an entry, go to https://forms.gle/cXRriKx1hGNck11KA.