SECOLAS awards four prizes each year: the Alfred B. Thomas Book Award, the Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article, the Edward H. Moseley Student Paper Award, and the Helen Delpar Award for the Best Article in The Latin Americanist. The presentation of the awards is made at the annual meeting, and the names of the winners and their works are printed in The Latin Americanist.
The awards consist of a cash sum. The amount of each award is determined by the Executive Committee and the membership.
Each award is administered by a committee that decides the winner and sets policy, such as deadlines, for the contest. Committees may decide to award honorable mentions if they so desire. Information on submitting works for any of the awards is located on the conference page.
The Alfred B. Thomas Book Award
The Alfred B. Thomas Award is awarded annually for the best book on a Latin American subject published by a SECOLAS member in the previous year. Co-authored works may be considered, but not anthologies or edited works. Books may be in any language. Authors must have been members of SECOLAS for the two calendar years preceding the year in which the prize will be awarded and the year the award is given.
Selection of the winning book is made by a committee of three members, at least one of whom is not a historian, selected by the Executive Committee. Members serve for three years on a rotating basis.
For this year’s competition, authors must have been members of SECOLAS in 2021 and 2022 and in good standing in 2023.
This competition is for books published in 2022.
DEADLINE: have your publisher send a copy of the book to each member of the committee postmarked no later than Friday, 2 December 2022.
The Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article
The Sturgis Leavitt Award is given annually for the best article or book chapter on a Latin American or Iberian subject published by a SECOLAS member in the previous calendar year. The article may be written in any language. Preference will be given to articles that have an appeal beyond a single discipline. The winner must be a member in good standing of the year in which the article or chapter was published and the year the award is given.
Selection of the winning article or book chapter is made by a committee of three members selected by the Executive Committee. Members serve for three years on a rotating basis.
The 2023 competition is for articles and book chapters published in 2022.
Email a copy of your article or book chapter to the award committee by Friday, 2 December 2022.
The Edward H. Moseley Student Paper Award
The Edward H. Moseley Award is presented annually to the graduate student and SECOLAS member who has presented the best graduate student paper at the current year’s meeting. Submitted papers should be no more than 20 pages in length including notes and/or bibliography.
Selection of the winning paper is made by a committee of three members selected by the Executive Committee. Members serve for three years on a rotating basis.
Helen Delpar Award for Best Article in The Latin Americanist
This award is given annually to the best article published in SECOLAS’ journal The Latin Americanist in the year preceding the annual meeting.