Upcoming Awards

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

For an essay or book published in the 18 months before January 30, 2017:

  • Martin Stevens Award for best new essay in early drama studies ($250 award + one year membership in MRDS)
  • Barbara Palmer Award for best new essay in early drama archival research ($250 award + one year membership in MRDS)
  • David Bevington Award for best new book in early drama studies (non-Shakespearean, no edited volumes) ($500 award + two years membership in MRDS)

For a conference paper presented in the 12 months before January 30, 2017:

  • Alexandra Johnston Award for best conference paper in early drama studies by a graduate student ($250 award + one year membership in MRDS)

Entry Information

DEADLINE for nominations: January 30, 2017

Eligibility: All MRDS members and non-members

The Judges: Each category of submissions is judged by committees made up of members of the MRDS Executive Council.


For the Palmer and Stevens Awards, please send the published article as an attachment to an email addressed to kipling@humnet.ucla.edu. The committee will consider any essay published within 18 months of the deadline and judged by the committee to be of outstanding quality. Qualifying essays published in a collection may be submitted for the Stevens and Palmer Awards.

For the Bevington Award, please send one hard copy of the book (plus a copy in digital form if you like). An author unable to supply a hard copy, may submit the book in digital form only, though hard copy is preferred. The committee will consider any book of high quality published within the last 18 months. Publishers: please limit submissions for the Bevington to two books per year. NOTE: Edited collections and Shakespearean studies are not eligible for the Bevington Award.

For the Johnston Award, papers 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:

Gordon Kipling

3428 Park Ave. 

Minneapolis, MN 55407 



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.