Call for Submissions: SERMEISS Book Prize for 2020

Established in 1977, the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society (SERMEISS) is a professional society for specialist and non-specialist educators whose professional activities engage the Middle East or Islam. The organization was founded to provide scholars in the southeastern United States with an opportunity to meet regularly with colleagues to share research findings and teaching concerns. SERMEISS is an affiliated organization of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). 

SERMEISS is pleased to announce its academic book prize for 2020 to recognize outstanding scholarship in Middle Eastern or Islamic studies in any academic discipline in the social sciences or humanities from any time period. Submitted books should be peer-reviewed nonfiction, published in English, and exhibit original empirical and theoretical contributions. Books published within the last three years (2017, 2018, 2019) will be considered.  Edited volumes, handbooks, and novels are not eligible for the book award.  SERMEISS will also give an honorable mention award.

Submissions will be accepted from authors based at a university within the SERMEISS 10-state region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Recipients will be required to attend and provide a brief presentation of their books at a future SERMEISS meeting. The society’s annual meeting occurs in October in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, and we have a biennial spring meeting.

Recipients of the SERMEISS prize will receive a $200 honorarium and certificate at their presentation. Recipients also receive a conference registration fee waiver

Submissions should include:

  1. A cover letter including the following information:
  • Author name
  • University of Affiliation
  • Book Title
  • Publisher Name
  • Year of Publication
  • ISBN #
  • Contact name, phone, email
  1. A copy of the book

SERMEISS will only accept one submission per author.

Send submissions to the SERMEISS Executive Director postmarked by March 1, 2020:

Calvin H. Allen, Jr., PhD

Executive Director-SERMEISS

208 Henkel Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA 22601