A. Owen Aldridge Prize Competition

Comparative Literature Studies announces that it will publish an annual prize-paper written by a graduate student.  The competition is named in honor of A. Owen Aldridge, founder of CLS.  The purpose of this competition is to encourage and recognize excellence in scholarship among graduate students and to reward the highest achievement by publication.  This project is sponsored by CLS in cooperation with the American Comparative Literature Association ( and supported by the Department of Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. The award carries a monetary prize as well.

1. Any graduate student currently enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature in the U.S. may submit one paper annually.

2. Papers may be on any Comparative topic.  They should be scholarly articles--on literary research, theory, criticism, and focus on more than one national literature--not (for example) interviews, translations, or editions of texts.

3. Papers should be of normal length for journal submission.  An approximate page length of 15 -20 pages, typed, double-spaced, is suggested, though somewhat longer papers will also be considered.  Submissions must be in final form: no preliminary versions or inquiries or proposals are to be sent.    Papers should follow the CLS format for documentation (the "endnote" style of The MLA Style Manual, 1985 edition), and be written in English.

4. Papers should be prepared for anonymous evaluation.  A separate cover sheet should give the paper's title, author's name, author's academic address, and the statement "The student named above is presently enrolled in a program of study leading to a graduate degree in Comparative Literature," signed by the chair of the student's graduate department or program. The first page of the paper itself should include the title of the work, but not the author's name.

5.  Papers must be submitted in 4 (four) copies (xerox copies will work well).

 6. All papers received by the deadline will be sent to the chair of the ACLA Student Affairs Committee. After consultation with subject-matter experts, that Committee will recommend the    winner; in case of an unclear decision, the Student Affairs Committee will seek advice from other members of the ACLA Advisory Board.

7. The winning paper must conform to CLS standards and will be copy-edited and subject to the same editorial recommendations as other CLS materials. The intention of CLS is to publish the winning paper within 12 months. A note will indicate that the paper is the winner of the Aldridge competition and that it has been selected by the ACLA and CLS.

15 November

Send submissions to:
Thomas Beebee, Editor-in-Chief
Comparative Literature Studies
429 N Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802

Last updated: 15 April 2002 by Sharon Bailey