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2019-2020 Best First Book Award
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Submissions open July 1, 2019, and the deadline for submissions is July 30, 2019, 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, 2018 and July 31, 2019. 

  • 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, 2019, 5:00PM CT.

  • THREE copies of the book must be received by August 2, 2019 5:00PM CT.  Books received after this date will be returned - No exceptions!
  • 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

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