SoFCB Essay Prize

The Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) is pleased to announce an annual Essay Prize, to be awarded to a scholarly article that exemplifies the Society’s mission of advancing the study of texts, images, and artifacts as material objects through capacious, interdisciplinary scholarship. The $250 prize seeks to recognize innovative scholarship that speaks across multiple fields of study and that strives to be accessible to the bibliographical community at large.

Articles published in any format (journal, edited collection, digital platform), in any field, and of any time period are eligible for consideration. Self-nominations are encouraged. The prize is open to academic researchers and teachers at all career stages, as well as librarians, curators, and independent scholars. Current and former members of the SoFCB and Rare Book School full-time staff are ineligible for the prize.

Articles with a publication date of 2018 or 2019 are eligible for the 2020 prize.  

Deadline for submission: 1 February 2020. Please send your article as a PDF attachment to Please provide your preferred contact details in your message.

The SoFCB was formed in 2017 as a program of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. Our members seek to integrate methods of critical bibliography into our teaching and research; to foster collegial conversations about historical and emerging media across disciplines and institutions; and to share our knowledge with broader publics. We are committed to creating a more accessible, inclusive, and diverse context for the study of the material text. See the main SoFCB webpage or the Junior Fellows Program page for more information.