Category Archives: Grants and Prizes

UPDATE on the 2020 Edith Wharton Society Awards

Because of our current pandemic’s effect on travel, we have decided to suspend the Edith Wharton Society Archival Research Award for the present time.  If you are interested in applying for this award, please hold your application materials until next summer.  The Elsa Nettels Award for a Beginning Scholar and Undergraduate Research Prize will be open, however, and the new deadline will be July 15.  We hope you will consider applying or that you will encourage your students and colleagues to do so.

2020 EWS Prizes (Deadline: June 30, 2020)

The Edith Wharton Society is delighted to announce three prizes for 2020.  Below please find all calls for submissions.  All submission materials should be sent via email by June 30, 2020 to current EWS President, Melanie Dawson, College of William and Mary, at mvdaws@wm.edu.

The Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar

This award, formerly known as the “Edith Wharton Society Prize for a Beginning Scholar,” established in 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton’s work by a beginning scholar, advanced graduate student, independent scholar, or faculty member who has held a full-time appointment for four or fewer years.  All entries will be considered for publication in The Edition Wharton Review, published by Penn State University Press.  The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250.

How to apply:

  • Submissions should be 20-30 double-spaced pages long and follow the 8th edition MLA style, using endnotes rather than footnotes.
  • Submissions should include two attached files: an anonymized MS Word version of your paper and a separate cover letter containing the applicant’s name, essay title, academic status, e-mail address, postal address, and the award name.
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar.”
  • Submissions are due to mvdaws@wm.edu by June 30, 2020.

The Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research 

The archival award, in the amount of $500, enables a scholar to conduct research at one of the Edith Wharton archives at Wharton’s library at The Mount in Lenox, MA, the Wharton Collection at Yale University’s Beinecke Library, or the Wharton papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

Funds must be used for transportation, lodging, and other expenses related to archival research.  Notification of the award will take place by July 30, 2020.  The award can be used between August 1, 2020 and July 30, 2021.  A brief report detailing some aspect(s) of the research (not intended to preempt publication in other scholarly venues) will be due to the EWS president by September 1, 2021 and will be published in the Edith Wharton Review.

How to apply:

  • Submissions should include a proposal (of no more than two single-spaced pages) that describes the applicant’s overarching research project, its contribution to Wharton scholarship, the applicant’s scholarly preparation, and the relevance of the archive to the project’s completion.
  • Also include two additional attachments: a CV and a separate cover letter containing your current affiliation, rank, and mailing address.
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Award for Archival Research.”
  • Submissions are due to mvdaws@wm.edu by June 30, 2020.

The Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize

First offered in 2014, the undergraduate research prize is open to students at all undergraduate levels.  Papers should be no more than fifteen pages long and can address Wharton’s works in any genre.  The winning essay will be published on the EWS website, and the author will receive an award of $100.

How to apply:

  • Please send an anonymized electronic submission as an email attachment in Microsoft word, along with a separate attached cover letter containing your name, essay title, undergraduate institution, the name of your faculty mentor, e-mail address (and perhaps an alternate email, if your email address is about to change), postal address, and the name of the award.
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Undergraduate Research Prize.”
  • Submissions are due to mvdaws@wm.edu by June 30, 2020.

The Edith Wharton Society sees its commitment to Wharton’s writing as including  financial support for Wharton scholarship, with two awards specifically for beginning scholars.  We thank all in the Wharton society who have donated to these prizes over the years, many of whom have been award recipients; your support of this endeavor enables our generosity.  If you are inclined to donate to support this year’s awards, a donation portal is linked here.

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/donate/

 

 

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Awards for 2018-2019

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Awards for 2018-2019

  1. Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar

This award, formerly known as the “Edith Wharton Society Prize for a Beginning Scholar” and established in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar, advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years.  The winning and second-place essays will be submitted for review and possible publication to the Editorial Board of the Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography and published by Penn State University Press. The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250. All entries will be considered for publication in the Edith Wharton Review as well as for the Elsa Nettels Prize. Submissions should be 20-30 pages and should follow the 8th edition MLA style, using endnotes, not footnotes. To submit an essay for the prize, e-mail it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus, as a separate attachment, a cover letter with your name, essay title, academic status, e-mail address, postal address, and the notation “Elsa Nettels Prize for Beginning Scholar.” Please be sure that the e-mail subject line clearly indicates “Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar” and send both attachments to the following address by June 30, 2018:

Dr. Paul Ohler

President, Edith Wharton Society

Department of English

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

paul.ohler@kpu.ca

 

  1. Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize

 

In 2014, the Edith Wharton Society launched a prize for undergraduate research on Edith Wharton. We seek critical essays by undergraduates focusing on works by Wharton in all genres. Students at all undergraduate levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be 15 pages maximum. The winning essay will be published on the Edith Wharton Society website and the author will receive an award of $100. Electronic submissions are requested. To submit an essay for the prize, e-mail it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus, as a separate attachment, a cover letter with your name, essay title, undergraduate institution, the name of your faculty mentor, e-mail address, postal address, and the notation “Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize.” Please be sure that the e-mail subject line clearly indicates “EWS Undergraduate Research Prize” and send both attachments to the following address by June 30, 2018:

Dr. Paul Ohler

President, Edith Wharton Society

Department of English

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

paul.ohler@kpu.ca

 

  1. Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research 

The Edith Wharton Society welcomes applications for an award for archival research on Edith Wharton. This award, in the amount of $500, is intended to enable a scholar to conduct research on Edith Wharton’s work at the various archives available (e.g., Wharton’s library at The Mount in Lenox, MA; the Wharton Collection at Yale University’s Beinecke Library; the Wharton papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, etc). Prospective fellows for the 2018-2019 award are asked to e-mail a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by June 30, 2018, with the subject line “EWS Award for Archival Research” to:

Dr. Paul Ohler
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
paul.ohler@kpu.ca

The research proposal should detail the overall research project, its particular contribution to Wharton scholarship, the preparation the candidate brings to the project, and the specific relevance that the selected archive has for its completion. The funds must be used for transportation, lodging, and other expenses related to archival research. Notification of the award will take place by July 30, 2018 and the award can be used from August 1, 2018 until July 30, 2019. A final report will be due September 1, 2019. The winner will be asked at that point to submit a short report essay to the Edith Wharton Review, which will briefly inform the readers of the EWR of the research done but will not be in the way of the winner publishing a scholarly article elsewhere as well.

 

From Paul Ohler: 2017-2018 EWS Award Winners

I’m writing to inform you of the results of the 2017-2018 EWS Awards competition. We had an excellent group of essays for both the Elsa Nettels Prize and the Undergrad Research Prize, and I wish to thank our judges Jennifer Haytock, Madeleine Vala, and Meg Toth for their willingness to assess the essays and the proposals for the Archival Research Award. The winners have been notified.

Deborah Molloy, a doctoral student at the University of Kent, has been awarded the Edith Wharton Society Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar for her essay “In the Cave of the Oracle: Feminine Tragedy in The House of Mirth and Mrs Manstey’s View.

Aidan Selmer an English Major at the College of William and Mary has won the Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize for his essay “Risk and the Self-Fashioning Women in Wharton’s House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and Summer.

Myrto Drizou, Associate Professor of English at Valdosta State University is the recipient of the Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research for her project “Wharton’s Odyssey and Mythologizing the Modern in American and Greek Literary Naturalisms”

Best to you all,

Paul​

Paul Ohler Ph.D.

Department of English

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666-72nd Avenue

Surrey, British Columbia

V3W 2M8

Canada

 

President, Edith Wharton Society

Associate Editor, Edith Wharton Review

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Awards for 2017-2018

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Awards for 2017-2018

  1. whartonbeginningElsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar

This award, formerly known as the “Edith Wharton Society Prize for a Beginning Scholar” and established in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar, advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years.  The winning and second-place essays will be submitted for review and possible publication to the Editorial Board of the Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography and published by Penn State University Press. The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250. All entries will be considered for publication in the Edith Wharton Review as well as for the Elsa Nettels Prize. Submissions should be 20-30 pages and should follow the 8th edition MLA style, using endnotes, not footnotes. To submit an essay for the prize, e-mail it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus, as a separate attachment, a cover letter with your name, essay title, academic status, e-mail address, postal address, and the notation “Elsa Nettels Prize for Beginning Scholar.” Please be sure that the e-mail subject line clearly indicates “Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar” and send both attachments to the following address by June 30, 2017:

Dr. Paul Ohler
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
paul.ohler@kpu.ca

 

  1. whartonundergradEdith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize

In 2014, the Edith Wharton Society launched a prize for undergraduate research on Edith Wharton. We seek critical essays by undergraduates focusing on works by Wharton in all genres. Students at all undergraduate levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be 15 pages maximum. The winning essay will be published on the Edith Wharton Society website and the author will receive an award of $100. Electronic submissions are requested. To submit an essay for the prize, e-mail it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus, as a separate attachment, a cover letter with your name, essay title, undergraduate institution, the name of your faculty mentor, e-mail address, postal address, and the notation “Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize.” Please be sure that the e-mail subject line clearly indicates “EWS Undergraduate Research Prize” and send both attachments to the following address by June 30, 2017:

Dr. Paul Ohler
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
paul.ohler@kpu.ca

 

  1. whartonmountEdith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research

The Edith Wharton Society welcomes applications for an award for archival research on Edith Wharton. This award, in the amount of $500, is intended to enable a scholar to conduct research on Edith Wharton’s work at the various archives available (e.g., Wharton’s library at The Mount in Lenox, MA; the Wharton Collection at Yale University’s Beinecke Library; the Wharton papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, etc). Prospective fellows for the 2016-2017 award are asked to e-mail a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by June 30, 2017, with the subject line “EWS Award for Archival Research” to:

Dr. Paul Ohler
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
paul.ohler@kpu.ca

The research proposal should detail the overall research project, its particular contribution to Wharton scholarship, the preparation the candidate brings to the project, and the specific relevance that the selected archive has for its completion. The funds must be used for transportation, lodging, and other expenses related to archival research. Notification of the award will take place by July 30, 2017 and the award can be used from August 1, 2017 until July 30, 2018. A final report will be due September 1, 2018. The winner will be asked at that point to submit a short report essay to the Edith Wharton Review, which will briefly inform the readers of the EWR of the research done but will not be in the way of the winner publishing a scholarly article elsewhere as well.

 

Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Essay Prize 2015 now available

The Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Essay Prize for 2015 was awarded to Brittany Barron for her essay “Lily Bart’s ‘Process of Crystallization’: Changing Brier Rose’s Fate in The House of Mirth.”  The essay appears on the EWS site here: Lily Bart’s “Process of Crystallization” Changing Brier Rose’s Fate in The House of Mirth

EWS Announces Winners of Beginning Scholar Prize and Undergraduate Research Prize

The Edith Wharton Society is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Prize for a Beginning Scholar and for its Undergraduate Research Prize.

Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar goes to Anna Girling for her essay “’Agrope among alien forces’: alchemical transformations and capitalist transactions in Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone”

EWS Undergraduate Research Prize goes to Brittany Barron for her essay “Lily Bart’s ‘Process of Crystallization’: Changing Brier Rose’s Fate in The House of Mirth”

The Mount Announces The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program (Deadline 8.31.15)

The Mount Announces The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program

12:45PM / Friday, June 05, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, will host The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence, a two-week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat.

The program is open to writers and scholars of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Applications open on July 1, 2015, and will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2015. For additional information including submission guidelines, visit EdithWharton.org.

http://www.iberkshires.com/story/49329/The-Mount-Announces-The-Edith-Wharton-Writer-in-Residence-Program.html

CFP: Edith Wharton Society Awards 2015-2016

Edith Wharton Society Awards 2015-2016

  1. wharton1905Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar

Formerly known as the “Edith Wharton Essay Prize,” this award, instituted in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar: advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years.  The winning and second-place essays will be submitted for review and possible publication to the Editorial Board of The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography and soon to be published by Penn State University Press. The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250. All entries will be considered for publication in The Edith Wharton Review as well as for the Prize for a Beginning Scholar. Submissions should be 20-30 pages and should follow the 7th edition MLA style, using endnotes, not footnotes. Applicants should not identify themselves on the manuscript but should provide a separate cover page that includes their names, academic status, e-mail address, postal addresses, and the notation “The Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar.”

 

To submit an essay for the prize, send it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus a cover letter with contact information and “Edith Wharton Prize for Beginning Scholar” clearly indicated in the e-mail subject line, to the following address by June 15, 2015:
Emily Orlando
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Fairfield University
eorlando@fairfield.edu

 

  1. Undergraduate Research Prize

whartonballdressIn 2014, the Edith Wharton Society launched a prize for undergraduate research on Edith Wharton. We seek critical essays by undergraduates focusing on works by Wharton in all genres. Students at all levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be 15 pages maximum. The winning essay will be published on the Wharton Society website and the author will receive an award of $100. Electronic submissions are requested. To submit an essay for the prize, send it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus a cover letter with contact information and “Edith Wharton Undergraduate Research Prize” clearly indicated in the e-mail subject line, to the following address by June 15, 2015:

Emily Orlando
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Fairfield University
eorlando@fairfield.edu

  1. The Mount Research Award

This award is offered in alternate years. In 2015, the Edith Wharton Society will offer a Mount Research Award in the amount of $500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on Edith Whartonwhartonmount’s library at the Mount in Lenox, MA. Prospective fellows for the 2015-2016 award are asked to submit a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by April 20, 2015 to:
Emily Orlando
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Fairfield University
eorlando@fairfield.edu

The research proposal should detail the overall research project, its particular contribution to Wharton scholarship, the preparation the candidate brings to the project, and the specific relevance that materials in Wharton’s library at the Mount have for its completion. The funds must be used for transportation, lodging, and other expenses related to a stay at the Mount. Notification of the award will take place by May 1 and the award can be used from June 1, 2015 until June 1, 2016. A final report will be due July 1, 2016. The winner will be asked at that point to submit a short report essay to the Edith Wharton Review, which will briefly inform the readers of the EWR of the research done but will not be in the way of the winner publishing a scholarly article elsewhere as well.

  1. Edith Wharton Collection (Beinecke) Research Award
    The Edith Wharton Society annually offers an Edith Wharton Collection Research Award of $500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on the Edith Wharton Collection of materials at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. This prize is made available thanks to the generosity of Conrad and Marsha Harper. Because the Beinecke Library is currently closed for renovation, the Edith Wharton Collection Research Award is suspended for 2015-2016.

 

Edith Wharton Undergraduate Essay Prize (Deadline: 5.1.14)

In 2014, the Edith Wharton Society is launching a prize for undergraduate research on Edith Wharton. We seek critical essays by undergraduates from institutions of all kinds, focusing on works by Wharton in all genres. Students at all levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be 15 pages maximum.The winning essay will be published on the Wharton Society website and the author will receive an award of $100.

To submit an essay for the prize, send copies of articles as anonymized word attachments, plus a cover letter with contact information to the following address by May 1, 2014:

Meredith Goldsmith
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Ursinus College
601 E. Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426-1000

mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu