The following FAQ addresses questions concerning the UM Press/HASTAC Publication Prize in Digital Humanities. Read the full description.
Q: Who is this prize intended for?
A: The prize is open to scholars of all ranks, though preference is for first and single-author books of younger scholars.
Q: What kinds of projects are you hoping to publish?
A: The series seeks to expand the conventional notion of scholarly publication. All formats are invited, including traditional manuscripts, innovative websites, hybrid print and online “books,” and other interactive and multimodal work.
Q: Can you talk about the impetus or inspiration for this prize?
A: The University of Michigan Press, HASTAC, and UM’s Institute for the Humanities are all dedicated to encouraging new scholars to create forward-thinking work with the knowledge that such work has both community and institutional support. While the prize is intended to benefit individual scholars, it’s also about demonstrating broader support for new ways of practicing and publishing humanities scholarship.
Q: How should applicants submit their proposals? What kind of proposal is needed?
A: Please send submissions to Aaron McCollough, Editorial Director of Michigan Publishing (email@example.com), and Julie Thompson Klein, Co-Editor of the Digital Humanities series (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals should include the following components: a description of the goals, intended audience, and significance; a C.V.; and sample material. For innovative formats, please also address feasibility and long-term sustainability of the design.
Q: Why is this an exciting project?
A: The first aim of the prize is to foster innovative work in the digital humanities—which is itself exciting. But pioneering work deserves equally pioneering publishing. By showcasing new forms of publication and dissemination, we hope that the prize will become one small signpost of the fundamental changes needed in scholarly communication.