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2014 Suzanne and James Mellor Prize

Grant to a USA Author to Support a Book Proposal on the Subject of Female Artists

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National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Grant of $50,000 to a USA author to support and outstanding proposal for a scholarly book on an individual woman artist or that brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of any period or nationality. Funds may be used to fund travel for research, translate materials not available to an English language audience, and other costs related to creating the final manuscript.

The purpose of the award is to encourage the highest quality scholarship on women artists from any time period or nationality and to enhance the role of the museum in shaping scholarly dialogue on women in the arts.

In identifying “the best proposal for a scholarly book written in English on a single woman artist or subject related to the mission of NMWA,” committee members consider interpretation of the theme or concept, the presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization, and the importance of the original research to art history.

The proposed book must be able to stand on its own but could include other media (i.e. CD, DVD, online) as an additional component.

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Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the 2014 Mellor Prize is January 1, 2015. All material must be submitted before or on this date. The 2014 application portal to upload application materials is now open:

Applicants must submit the following materials for review by the Award Selection Committee:

-Cover letter

-Curriculum vitae

-Abstract (2–5 pages)

-Ten-page prospectus including subject matter, the book’s place in the art historical literature, intended audience, author qualifications and track record for completing writing projects, project timeline, detailed budget, technical specifications, approximate number and type of illustrations, and preliminary chapter outline.

-Two samples of previously published scholarly writing.

-Three letters of recommendation from experts in the field specifically addressing author’s track record of completing projects, scholarship, and expertise in proposed subject area.

-A letter of interest from a publisher, preferably from a peer-review press (optional).

Letters of recommendation may be attached in the application, emailed to Heather Slania, or mailed to:

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Attention: Heather Slania
1250 New York Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

The author is responsible for all labor and costs incurred for the completion of the manuscript including image rights and reproductions. The museum will provide editorial support and act as liaison between the author and publisher. Upon delivery of the final manuscript, the museum will work with the publisher to produce the book according to the highest standards.

All copyediting, design, and proofing will be carried out jointly between the publisher, the museum, and the author. The museum reserves the right to refrain from awarding the grant in any given year should all submissions fail to meet the criteria for excellence set by the Award Selection Committee.

Upon execution of the contract, the grant may be awarded to the author directly or administered through his or her university or institution of employment.

Payments will be made in three installments. The first payment will be made upon execution of the contract, the second upon delivery of the first complete manuscript draft, and the third upon publication of the book.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Heather Slania, Director of the Library and Research Center

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