Call for Papers – The Wallace Johnson First Book Mentorship Program

The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University is delighted to host the Wallace Johnson Program for First Book Authors, a program designed to provide support and mentorship to scholars working towards the publication of their first book on the law and legal culture of the early middle ages. In conversation with peers and with the advice of senior scholars, participants develop and revise book proposals and sample chapters, and they meet with guest editors to learn about approaching and working with publishers. Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

The program
The program includes:

  • a series of online workshops on the writing and publication process during which participants meet with senior scholars and have the opportunity to discuss their projects with commissioning editors
  • pairing with a senior scholar as mentors who, over the course of a year, help participants pursue book contracts and shape their projects for publication
  • periodic web “meet ups,” both one-on-one with mentors and as a group, that will enable participants to workshop chapters and proposals

Participants receive a stipend of $800 to support research-related expenses.

Participants must be:

  • early career scholars who will have their Ph.D. in hand by the start of the program
  • untenured or in a non-tenurable position (including adjuncts and full-time term faculty)
  • working on first book projects related to the law and legal culture of the middle ages prior to the year 1200.

For the purposes of this program, “law” is broadly defined and need not be limited to legislation, legal documentation or specific forms of legal process. Applications are welcome from all disciplines and, though the project must concern law, participants need not self-identify as legal scholars.

Click here for more information and to apply.

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