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SNLS Essay Prize

Submissions for the SNLS Ann Moss Essay Prize 2021 are now invited.

The Prize was inaugurated in 2015. In 2018 it was named after Ann Moss, the Society’s first President; it honours her activities on behalf of the Society and especially her support for junior scholars.

All PhD students and post-doctoral researchers up to two years after their viva by the deadline (who are SNLS members) are eligible to submit an essay of up to 7,000 words (e.g. part of a chapter or a draft of an article or a written version of a conference paper) by 15 October 2021 (as an email attachment to Gesine Manuwald). The word count includes footnotes, but excludes title, bibliography and any appendixes (which, however, should not be longer than the text of the essay). Since submissions will be reviewed anonymously, authors should ensure that the text of the essay does not indicate their identity. At the same time, the name of the author, their affiliation and their role (e.g. final-year PhD student) as well as the word count should be provided on a separate page or in a cover email. Candidates can enter in every year in which they are eligible, but they may not submit the same essay twice.

SNLS is particularly looking for contributions discussing less well-known Neo-Latin texts and providing close reading of these and / or discussions of context at a high scholarly level in terms of both contents and presentation. All submissions will be judged by members of the Executive Committee, who may ask other experts to join them. Candidates will be informed of the outcome by email within a month of the submission date. The winner will be announced officially at the AGM in November and will receive a certificate, a small financial award, one year’s free membership of SNLS and publication advice if required.

  • The 2020 Ann Moss Early Career Essay Prize was awarded to Irina Tautschnig, ‘Constructing Authority in the Paratext: The Poems to Johannes Hevelius’s Selenographia’.
  • The 2019 Ann Moss Early Career Essay Prize was awarded to Elena Spinelli, ‘Sisterhood and Citizenship in Thomas Watson’s Antigone’.
  • The 2018 SNLS Early-Career Essay Prize was awarded to Maria Giulia Genghini, for her essay, ‘ ‘Quomodo cantabimus canticum Domini in terra aliena?’ Imagining a Neo-Latin World in seventeenth-century Quito’.
  • The 2017 SNLS Early-Career Essay Prize was awarded to Bianca Facchini, for her essay, 'In Praise of a Martial Lord: Porcelio Pandone's Feltria Between Panegyric and Scepticism'.
  • The 2016 SNLS Early-Career Essay Prize was awarded to Caroline Spearing, for her essay, 'Tangled Thickets and Sacred Groves. Virgil and Lucan in Book 6 of Abraham Cowley’s Plantarum Libri Sex (1668)'.
  • The inaugural SNLS Early-Career Essay Prize (2015) was awarded to Bernhard Schirg (Freie Universität Berlin). His prize-winning essay entitled ‘The rebel residing in Cortese’s ideal palace. Splendor and magnificence in Cardinal Bernardino de Carvajal's (1456–1523) residence in the (lost) Palazzo Millini’ has now been published as:

Bernhard Schirg, "Cortese's ideal cardinal? Art, splendour and magnificence in Cardinal Bernardino de Carvajal’s (1456–1523) Roman residence", Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 80 (2017), 61–82.