Society for French Studies Malcolm Bowie Prize

Malcolm Bowie, who died in January 2007, was not only the most eminent and inspirational Anglophone scholar of French literature and theory of his generation; he was a towering figure in the field because of his tireless devotion to the scholarly community both in the UK and abroad. His service to the Society for French Studies is exemplary in this respect: he was President of the Society (1994-96), as well as General Editor of French Studies (1980-87). In his honour, a prize will be awarded for the best article published in the preceding year by an early-career researcher in the broader discipline of French Studies.


The award includes:

• a cash prize of £1000 

• expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French Studies

• mention in the French Studies Bulletin and on the Society for French Studies website 


Conditions of entry 

The Society invites nominations of articles published in 2015 from editors of learned journals, editors or publishers of collected volumes, and heads of university departments. Authors may not self-nominate (though they may ask editors, publishers, or university departments to consider nominating them). To be eligible for nomination, authors must be within five years of obtaining their PhD when their article is published (in this instance anyone who received his or her PhD in or after 2010 but before the end of 2015); articles may be published anywhere in the world, but must be written in French or English.

Nominations should be submitted by email to Professor Margaret Topping (, together with a statement which includes full publication details of the article concerned and an indication of when and where the candidate’s PhD was awarded. Nominations should be accompanied by a PDF file of the article as it appears in print. Nominations not accompanied by a PDF file will not be valid. 


The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2015 Prize (including the article itself) is 29 January 2016. Entries may be submitted from 1 October 2015.

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