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2019-2020 Best First Book Award
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Submissions open July 1, 2020, and the deadline for submissions is July 30, 2020, 5:00PM CT. 

Please click here to access the submission portal. 


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. 


  • To be eligible, books must be published between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. 

  • 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 July 30, 2020, 5:00PM CT.

  • FIVE copies of the book must be received by August 3, 2020 5:00PM CT.  Books received after this date will not be accepted - No exceptions!  
    Note: This year, due to the pandemic and limited access to the home office, we are asking you to prioritize submitting e-books if at all possible. Thanks!
  • 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.    

  • A W-9 form is required before the check will be disbursed.  

Please mail book submissions to: 
Margot Tievant
1110 W. Main Street, PMB 34 
Norman, OK 73069

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Society for Cinema and Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075