Mellor Book Prize

The Suzanne and James Mellor Prize of $50,000 is awarded annually to the best proposal for a scholarly book related to the mission of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The purpose of the award is to encourage the highest quality scholarship on women artists from all time periods and nationalities and to enhance the role of the museum in shaping scholarly dialogue on women in the arts. The winner for the 2013 award will be announced in December 2013.


Applications may be mailed to the attention of Heather Slania, Mellor Prize Competition at the address listed below, or may be submitted via emailComplete submissions must be received by September 30, 2013, in order to merit consideration. Applicants must submit the following materials for review by the Award Committee. Three copies must be submitted if sending by mail.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 10 page prospectus including subject matter, the book’s place in the art historical literature, intended audience, author qualifications and track record for completing writing projects, project timeline, preliminary budget, technical specifications, approximate number and type of illustrations, and preliminary chapter outline
  • Abstract (2-5 pages)
  • Two samples of previously published scholarly writing
  • Three letters of recommendation specifically addressing author’s track record of completing projects, scholarship, and expertise in proposed subject area
  • A letter of interest from a publisher

Mail applications to:
Heather Slania
Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Re: Mellor Prize Competition
1250 New York Avel, NW
Washington, DC 20005


The author is responsible for all labor and costs incurred from acquisition of image rights and reproductions,research, travel and lodging, and any other expenses necessary for the completion of the manuscript. The museum will provide editorial support and act as liaison between the author and publisher. Upon delivery of the final manuscript, the museum will work with the publisher to produce the book according to the highest standards. All copyediting, design, and proofing will be carried out jointly between the publisher, the museum, and the author. The museum reserves the right to refrain from awarding the grant in any given year should all submissions fail to meet the criteria for excellence set by the Award Committee.


Upon execution of the cont ract, the grant may be awarded to the author directly or administeredthrough his or her university or institution of employment. Payments will be made in three installments. The first payment will be made upon execution of the contract, the second upon delivery of the first complete manuscript draft, and the third upon publication of the book. Questions may be directed to Heather Slania, Director of the Library and Research Center.


2009: Melissa Hyde and Mary Sheriff
2010: Jeffrey F. Hamburger
2011: Nelleke Nix and Helga Prignitz-Poda in collaboration with NMWA
2012: Geneviève Haroche-Bouzinac