Call for Nominations: Colby Scholarly Book Prize (19thC periodicals)

Call for Nominations:
Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is pleased to announce the annual Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize for the scholarly book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper and/or periodical press.  All books exploring periodicals of the period are eligible (including single-author monographs, edited collections, and editions) so long as they have an official publication date of 2010.  The winner will receive a monetary award of up to $3,000, and will be invited to speak at the RSVP conference at Christchurch Canterbury College (date). The prize is made possible by a generous gift by Vineta Colby in honor of Robert Colby, a long and devoted member of RSVP and a major scholar in the field of Victorian periodicals.

Previous winners of the Colby Prize include:

  • 2010: co-winners: Mark Schoenfield, British Periodicals and Romantic Identity, 1790-1830 (Palgrave, 2009), and Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor, eds., Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (Chicago, 2009)
  • 2009:  Catherine Waters, Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words: The Social Life of Goods (Ashgate, 2008)
  • 2008:  Kathryn Ledbetter, Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals: Commodities in Context (Ashgate, 2007).
  • 2007: David Finkelstein, ed., Print Culture and the Blackwood Tradition (University of Toronto Press, 2006).
  • 2006: co-winners: Linda K. Hughes, Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (Ohio University Press, 2005) and Peter Morton, The Busiest Man in England: Grant Allen and the Writing Trade, 1875-1900 (Palgrave, 2005).

To nominate a book please email Linda Peterson <> by December 1, 2010.  You or your press will be asked to supply the committee with five copies of the book by the beginning of January, 2011.  Self-nominations are welcome.


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