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MRDS Publication and Presentation Awards

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Annual awards given to recognize achievement in publication, conference presentation, and archives research in the field of early drama studies.


Announcing the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society Awards

  • The David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies

$500 and two years membership in MRDS

  • The Martin Stevens Award for Best New Essay in Early Drama Studies

$250 and one year membership in MRDS

$250 and one year membership in MRDS

  • The Alexandra Johnston Award for Best New Conference Paper in Early Drama Studies by a Graduate Student 

$250 and one year membership in MRDS


Entry Information


February 1, 2016.



All MRDS members and non-members.


The Judges:


For each category, two MRDS Executive Council members and one non-council member of MRDS.



For published works, please send bibliographical information or a link so that we can locate the work. Scanned or electronic copies are welcome as well. For conference papers, please submit the presenter’s name, the venue, the title of the paper and a contact number or email.

For the Bevington, Palmer, and Stevens Awards: Any book or essay published within 18 months of the deadline and judged by the committee to be of outstanding quality. Publishers, please limit submissions for the Bevington Award to 2 books per year.

NOTE: Edited collections and Shakespearean studies are not eligible for the Bevington Award. Qualifying essays published in a collection may be submitted for the Stevens or Palmer Award. Entries for the Johnston Award should not exceed 5,000 words, excluding notes, and should include the name and date of the conference at which the paper was delivered and, the presenter’s name, the title of the paper and a contact number or email. We encourage graduate students to seek out a mentor to review their work before submission. MRDS members are happy to serve as mentors.

Send one copy of each book to the address below (hard copy or digital). Articles and papers may be submitted digitally, either in .pdf or .doc format via email, or on a CD-Rom. If submitted in hardcopy, send three copies of each essay or paper. Please direct all submissions to:

Jim Stokes


Announcement of Award Winners

Awards announcement and presentation will take place during the annual MRDS business meeting in May 2016, at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.


Award Winners