The Association for Study of Women and Mythology announces the following awards:
1) The biennial competition for the Sarasvati Awards for Best Books in Women and Mythology. Two awards will be given at the ASWM national conference in San Francisco in May, 2012, one for nonfiction/scholarly work, one for creative work in poetry, fiction or other genre, for books published during 2010 and 2011. Nominations must come directly from publisher; authors should contact their publishers to ask them to nominate for this award. Each publisher may nominate one work in each category, although publishers may nominate in only one category if they prefer. At this point, anthologies do not qualify for this award. Publishers should contact ASWM at ASWMsubmissions@gmail.com to receive the required submissions form and details of the submissions process. Judges will be a panel of published writers in women and mythology. Their own work cannot be accepted for consideration for these awards. Awardees will be invited to read at the ASWM national conference during the year of their award and/or the next biannual meeting following.
2) The Kore Dissertation Award. Offered through the Association for Study of Women and Mythology and made possible through the gift of a generous contributor, the award recognizes excellence in scholarship in the area of women and mythology. It is offered in even-numbered years, for dissertations completed in the previous two calendar years (including defense). Applicants can be from any discipline, including but not limited to literature, religious studies, art or art history, classics, anthropology, and communications. Creative dissertations must include significant analysis of mythology in addition to creative work. A letter of support from the dissertation director is required as part of the application. Applicants must be members of ASWM at the time of submission. Applications for the 2012 award may be made between December 15, 2011 and February 15, 2012. Selection is made by a panel of scholars from a variety of disciplines. The application and instructions for submission are available at http://womenandmythology.wordpress.com/category/events/aswm-conferencesymposium/.