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The Editors of Raritan in collaboration with Rutgers University Press invite submissions for the first annual Raritan Book Prize.

Introduction: In the current frenzied media climate, there’s greater need than ever for thoughtful, independent writing that takes the time to cultivate care and grace. Raritan has provided a forum for that kind of writing for thirty-seven years. A wide-ranging journal of literary and cultural criticism, Raritan offers writers and readers the opportunity for sustained reflection and aesthetic pleasure, uncluttered by academic jargon. Submissions to the Raritan Book Prize competition should reflect Raritan’s commitment to enlarging the life of the mind through reasoned argument and interpretation, and to reaching a well-read but nonspecialist audience.

Subject: Any nonfiction subject in the realms of history, politics, literature, or the arts. Fiction and poetry manuscripts will not be considered. 

Prize: A $1,000 advance and publication by Rutgers University Press under the Raritan imprint. All those who submit a manuscript will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Raritan. Winner must agree to publication contract prior to award announcement.

Manuscript length: 30,000 to 90,000 words.

Submission guidelines: Manuscripts should be fully formatted (double-spaced; numbered pages; twelve-point font) and sent as PDF or WORD files to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Manuscripts in hard copy will also be accepted and should be mailed to Raritan, 31 Mine St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901. (Hard copies will only be returned if a SASE is included with submission.) All submissions must include a cover letter and CV.

Submission fee: $25 (Checks may be mailed to Raritan, 31 Mine St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901. A link to an online payment option will be available on this page during the submission period.)

Submission period: 1 September 2018 through 1 November 2018.

Caveats: Manuscripts under review for publication at other publishers are not eligible for consideration. No more than one quarter of the manuscript can have been previously published. Raritan reserves all rights to award the prize and all decisions are at the discretion of Raritan’s editors.

The winner will be announced in early December 2018. The book will be published by Rutgers University Press in the fall of 2019.

...And in there, in that old, broken-down house, we found, deep inside, in the heart of the house, a huge dining room, with a long, dark, wooden table, on which this old Parsi fellow was sitting, like Rip Van Winkle, dipping his teaspoon into a soft-boiled egg... 

-- Ardashir Vakil (Spring 2015)

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