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2019-2020 Katherine Singer Kovács Book and Essay Awards

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. 


At the 2021 SCMS Annual Conference, two Katherine Singer Kovács awards for outstanding scholarship in cinema and media studies will be announced. One award of $1,500 will be given to the author of an outstanding book. Another award of $500 will be given for an outstanding essay (not exceeding 20,000 words). Certificates of citation will also be awarded to winners in both categories.

Books and articles must be published in English between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. They should be original works that significantly advance scholarship and thinking in the field either by opening up new lines of inquiry or by consolidating existing ones at a high level of accomplishment.

Books previously submitted for consideration for the Kovács Book Award are not eligible.  No book may compete for more than one SCMS award. 

Publishers and journal editors will be invited to nominate books and essays, but individual SCMS members should feel free either to submit copies of books or articles directly or urge their publisher or editor to do so.



  • To be eligible, essays must appear in a journal issue published between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.

  • Authors may self-nominate.

  • Book chapters from edited collections are not eligible.


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

  • Republished volumes and edited collections are not eligible.


  • Entrants must complete the Kovács Book submission form or Kovács Essay submission form (ONE nomination per submission form) containing the author’s name, e-mail address, title of the book/essay, name of publisher, publication date, a contact name and e-mail address for someone within the publishing company must be submitted online by July 30, 2020 (5:00 PM CT).

  • The essay should be saved in PDF format (not exceeding 30MB) and uploaded on the submission form.  

  •  If submitting a book, FIVE copies of the book(s) must be received in the SCMS office by August 3, 2020 (5:00 PM CT). Books received after this date will not be accepted - No exceptions!  

  • Failure to follow procedures will result in disqualification.

  • A W-9 form is required for the Kovács Book Award winner 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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