A.S.A.P. is proud to promote the best scholarship concerning the literary, visual, performing, and media arts, and we are deeply committed to promoting the excellent work done by members of the association.

To this end, the Association sponsors scholarly prizes for the best book each year and the best graduate student paper produced every other year at the Association’s biennial conference.


A.S.A.P.’s book prize is awarded annually for the book that makes the most significant contribution to the study of the arts of the present. Books are considered without regard to specific political point of view, aesthetic position, country of origin, publisher, or topic: any book that discusses the contemporary ARTS may be considered for the prize. The prize is given for a book published in the year prior to the submission deadline, which is usually in March. The committee consists of 2-3 members of the association appointed by the Motherboard. The winner will be announced at the annual meeting of the Association and on all Association social media sites and will receive a prize of $500.

  • The award is for scholarly rather than creative production (creative writing, original artwork, etc.), though we understand that the boundaries between these can be malleable.

  • Jointly authored monographs will be considered, but textbooks, anthologies, and collections by multiple authors, including bound editions of special issues of journals, are not eligible.

  • Critical media scholarship may be submitted in its publisher’s distribution format.

  • Self-published work is not eligible for the award. All submissions must be reputably refereed publications.

  • Books must be in English.

  • Publisher, third party, and self-nominations are encouraged. There are no limits on the number of books that one publisher can submit.

  • Authors need not be members of A.S.A.P. at the time of submission.

  • Authors are encouraged to request their publishers to send 3 copies of their books to the book award committee for prize consideration.

All graduate students who present papers at the A.S.A.P. biennial conference are invited to compete for the prize for the best paper written and presented by a graduate student at the conference. Papers are judged without regard to specific political point of view, aesthetic position, or topic: any paper presented at an A.S.A.P. conference may be considered for the prize. The winner will receive a copy of a prize-winning book from the A.S.A.P. Best Book Prize, a waiver of fee for the A.S.A.P. Luncheon, and a $100 cash award.

  • Only A.S.A.P. members in good standing can submit work for consideration for the graduate student paper award.

  • Papers considered for the prize must have been presented at the most recent A.S.A.P conference.

  • Papers may be self-nominated or nominated by members of the association who attended the conference at which the paper was presented.

  • The paper must be the paper presented at the conference. It should not be in any way revised or edited for consideration by the prize committee.

  • Longer papers submitted to seminars are eligible, but submissions longer than 12 double-spaced pages (works cited excluded) will not be accepted.

  • Papers must be submitted electronically to the chair of the prize committee by the review deadline.

Prize Deadlines

Book Prize Nominations: open now, due April 28!

We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 ASAP book prize. This year’s prize is for a book published in 2016, and the deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28th.

The prize is awarded annually for the book that makes the most significant contribution to the study of the arts of the present. Books are considered without regard to political point of view, aesthetic position, country of origin, publisher, or topic. Books may be self-nominated or sent in by publishers; nominees need not be members of A.S.A.P. at the time of nomination.

The winner will be announced at ASAP/9 in Berkeley and on all A.S.A.P. social media sites. The winner will also receive a prize of $500 More details are available below.

Please send 3 copies of the book you wish to nominate for this prize to the head of the prize committee by April 29th:

Professor Jonathan Eburne
Re: ASAP Book Prize
Dept. of Comparative Literature
The Pennsylvania State University
455 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802

Graduate Student Paper Prize: Dec. 1 Deadline

Any paper presented by a graduate student at ASAP/7 in Greenville is eligible to win ASAP’s Graduate Student Paper Prize for 2015. To enter the competition or nominate a paper on behalf of somebody else, email the paper exactly as it was delivered to the prize committee at by December 1.

The winning paper will be selected from the range of submissions without preference for any particular discipline, genre, method, or political perspective.

More information about eligibility and selection criteria is below.

The author of the winning paper will receive a copy of a book that won the ASAP Book Prize; a waiver of the fee for the A.S.A.P. Luncheon; and a $100 cash award.

The ASAP Book Prize

Angela Naimou won the 2016 ASAP Book Prize for Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood (Fordham University Press, 2015)

The prize committee wrote that Naimou’s “stunning Salvage Work traces the haunting ‘debris’ of legacies of legal personhood across contemporary American and Caribbean literature, featuring illuminating studies of Francisco Goldman, Edwidge Danticat, Rosario Ferre, Gayl Jones, and John Edgar Wideman. Her book champions the refugee, the disappeared, the sex worker, the corporation, the sailor, the fugitive, the pregnant woman, and the fetus; what is at stake is viscerally “salvage work,” conceived both as an intellectual endeavor and as a subject of study. An unnerving, at times wrenching, and always original first book, Salvage Work sets a high bar politically, ethically, and stylistically for contemporary literary studies.”

The 2016 book prize committee members were ASAP members Marijeta Bozovic (Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University) and Matthew Jesse Jackson (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Chicago), as well as Jonathan Eburne (Past President of ASAP and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Penn State University).

Honorable Mention

The prize committee awarded two Honorable Mentions this year to books that they deemed “notable for both their inventiveness and their incisive engagement with contemporary aesthetics.”

J.D. Connor won an Honorable Mention for The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood (1970-2010) (Stanford University Press, 2015). The committee wrote that, “The Studios after the Studios offers an original study of the Hollywood film system that is both witty and consistently full of intellectual surprise.  Approaching the Hollywood Studio system from 1970-2010 through allegory rather than through longstanding Frankfurt School ideas about the culture industry, The Studios after the Studios offers a compelling and beautifully written study of how big-budget studio films are “about the studios.” From the opening logos in flops such as Waterworld to the glut of historical epics that appeared in the wake of Gladiator, Connor’s book elegantly examines the formal, cinematic, rhetorical, and narrative means through which Hollywood films offer “biographies” of their industrial practices, anxieties, and commercial goals.  This is a masterful study that approaches the juggernaut of commercial film with both humor and delicacy.”

Paul Stephens won his Honorable mention for The Poetics of Information Overload: From Gertrude Stein to Conceptual Writing (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), which the committee declared a “multifarious, compelling narrative that charts the way forward for innovative twenty-first century scholarship. By engaging the reader in a dialogic encounter with the ubiquity (and, yes, even the banality) of data, the text’s observations and arguments repeatedly demonstrate a remarkable capacity for identifying the invisible psychic architecture behind so many contemporary notions of creativity and innovation, both within the field of poetry and within society more broadly. Managing to be conversational, yet critical; historically-grounded, yet entirely of its moment; serious, yet never self-serious, The Poetics of Information Overload demonstrates how an impassioned authorial voice, a keen eye for social detail, and a generous sensibility can combine to yield a truly memorable readerly experience. This book is a joy to read.”


Book Prize:
Peter Osborne, Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art (Verso Books, 2013).

Honorable Mention:
Min Hyoung Song, The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American (Duke University Press, 2013).

The 2014 Book Prize Committee members were Sarah Evans, Joseph Jeon, and Andrew Hoberek.


Book Prize:
Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso Books, 2012).

Honorable Mention:
Jacob Edmond, A Common Strangeness (Fordham Univeristy Press, 2012).

The 2013 A.S.A.P Book Prize Committee members were Jesse Matz, Terry Smith, and Karen Jacobs.


Book Prize:
Kenneth Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing (Columbia University Press, 2011).

Book Prize Honorable Mention:
Terry Smith, Contemporary Art: World Currents, published by Prentice Hall, 2011.

Best Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize:
Nilgun Bayraktar, PhD candidate in performance studies at UC Berkeley, for the paper “The Production of Migrant Illegality: Social Infrastructures of Undocumented Mobility in Ursula Biemann’s Sahara Chronicle.”

The 2012 A.S.A.P Book Prize judges were Amy Elias, Andrew Hoberek, and Melissa Lee.
The Best Graduate Student Paper Prize judges were Jesse Matz and Matthew Hart.