The 2025 Justin G. Schiller Prize is Open for Submissions

Endowed by Justin G. Schiller, a dealer in antiquarian children’s books and past member of the BSA Council, the Schiller Prize for Bibliographical Work on Children’s Books is intended to encourage scholarship in the bibliography of historical children’s books. It brings a cash award of $3,000 and a year’s membership in the Society.

1 November 2024 is the deadline for submissions. Read more

Submissions must concentrate on historical children’s books issued before 1951. They should involve research in bibliography broadly conceived and focus on the material text as historical evidence for studying topics such as the history of the production, distribution, collecting, or reading of children’s books. Studies of manuscript production and circulation, printing, publishing, and the allied trades, as these relate to children’s literature, are also welcome.

All scholars with an active BSA membership are eligible to apply for the Schiller Prize without regard to citizenship or academic affiliation, degree, or rank. The prize will be awarded to the author of a particular work of scholarship without regard to the author’s prolonged or repeated contributions to the field. Since the prize is designed to promote research on the bibliography of children’s books, applications are encouraged from young or junior scholars who have not as yet published extensively. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by others, including publishers, journal editors, and dissertation or thesis directors.