ACIS Logo Book and Dissertation Prizes

 The American Conference for Irish Studies sponsors six book prizes annually for scholarship on Irish subjects, open to books published worldwide. It also sponsors a seventh prize for the year’s outstanding dissertation on a subject related to Irish Studies. These prizes are:

The winners are recognized at the annual ACIS national meeting, where the selection committee’s encomium is read during the ACIS luncheon and business meeting. Each prize includes a cash award. ACIS will also announce the award winners on its website.


All books submitted for these awards must have a publication date matching the year of the award. All dissertations must have been defended in the same year as the award year. Anyone (author, publisher, or other party), may submit books for consideration. ACIS members may nominate a book by contacting the relevant committee chair, who will then contact the publisher. Authors are particularly reminded that whether they mail books themselves, or ask their publishers to do so, responsibility rests with the author to ensure that the postmark deadline of January 1, 2023 is observed.

Please note that only single author texts will be considered. Edited collections, fiction, poetry, and anthologies of literature are not eligible.

No book may compete for more than one of the four disciplinary prizes (Donnelly, Durkan, McCaffrey, Rhodes), but an author’s first scholarly monograph (or collection of original essays) may be submitted to the Murphy prize committee in addition to one of the four disciplinary committees. Authors may contact the committee chair to determine whether their book has been submitted for a prize. Prize chairs may choose to reassign entered works.

For more information contact the chair of the ACIS awards committee, ACIS vice president Aidan Beatty (