The Weiss-Brown Publication Subvention Award
Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now open and are due December 15.
With support from the Roger W. Weiss and Howard Mayer Brown Fund, the Newberry offers up to $8,000 to subsidize the publication of scholarly book or books on European civilization before 1700 in the areas of music, theater, cultural studies, or French or Italian literature. Applicants must document that their projects have been accepted for publication and provide detailed information regarding the publication and the subvention request.
The purpose of this award is to enable the publication of works of the highest quality either:
- by making it possible to publish a work in a particularly appropriate way (with special typography plates, or appendices, for example) that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive; or
- by significantly reducing the cover price, allowing the publication to reach a wider audience.
Once these criteria are met, preference will be given to publications that:
- are unique, unusual in concept or execution, or that represent a departure from the normal habits of a given publishing house or entity; or
- bring into print previously unpublished source materials; or
- promise to reach the broadest possible audience for the type of book envisioned.
Applicants must provide the following:
- A publication abstract of no more than 2 pages. The abstract should include the title, summary, detailed physical description of the volume, and an expected publication date.
- A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no more than 5 pages. Please use the following commonly accepted terms to describe any forthcoming publications:
- “in progress” - not yet completed or submitted
- “submitted” - currently under review at a journal or press
- “accepted” - contracted for publication; currently under revision
- “in press” - in the hands of a copy editor, typesetter, or printer
- A copy of the publication contract.
- Copies of the reader reports on the manuscript or equivalent outside evaluations.
- A production budget and schedule of no more than 1 page. This document should include specific costs for which the Weiss-Brown subsidy is requested and the publisher’s deadline for the receipt of funds.
Applicants will be notified of their status in late April/early May. The award will be paid to the publisher; as a condition of accepting funds, publishers must include an acknowledgement of the award in the publication and provide the Newberry with a gratis copy of the book.