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The Best First Book Award offers a cash prize in recognition of the best first book published in the field of film and media studies.



  Publishers please make sure the authors are members for the 2014-2015 membership year before completing the submission form below. If they are not members their books will not be considered.   

  • Nominees must be a full members (not temporary members) of the Society for the new 2014-2015 membership year.  

  • To be eligible, books must be single-authored books written in or translated into English and published between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014. 

  • Nominated titles must be the first book written by the entrant and must have a minimum length of 75,000 words.

  • Republished volumes, edited collections, and multi-authored works or books previously published in another language are not eligible. Monographs or books published within a series are not eligible.

  • Books submitted for this award are not eligible for other SCMS book awards.


  • Entrants must complete the submission form by August 1, 2014 5pm (CT).  

  • FOUR copies of the book must be received by August 4, 2014 5pm (CT). No exceptions!
  • Upon receipt of the four books the SCMS office will verify the eligibility of the entry and membership before distributing copies to the committee members.

  • The SCMS office will inform the official winner and all entrants.

  • The chair of the committee will announce the winner of the award, read the committee citation, and present the winner with a certificate and a check for $1000 at the annual conference.

  • Entrants should not expect the return of their books; these books will serve as a reward for committee members.

  • Failure to follow procedures will result in disqualification.    

Please mail book submissions to

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Best First Book Award
640 Parrington Oval Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, Oklahoma 73019

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