Call for Papers: ANS Emerging Scholar Award


In 2007, the American Name Society established the ANS Emerging Scholar Award (ANSESA) to recognize the outstanding scholarship of an early career onomastics researcher. This special distinction is given to a new scholar whose work is judged by a panel of onomastic researchers to be of superior academic quality. This year’s selection committee is made up of Dr. Luisa Caiazzo, the 2021 ANSESA Committee Chair; Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins; Dr. Andreas Gavrielatos; and Dr. Maggie Scott. The ANSESA winner not only receives a cash prize, but is also mentored by a senior onomastics scholar who will assist the awardee in preparing a manuscript for submission and possible publication in the ANS journal, Names: A Journal of Onomastics. The winning submission will also be announced in in the ANS annual conference program. The Selection Committee reserves the right to refrain from giving this award in those years in which no submission is deemed to have met the above-mentioned requirements.

Application Guidelines

To be considered for this award, applicants must submit the full text of their paper by midnight (E.S.T.), the 15th of October 2021, to both ANS President Ms. Laurel Sutton (<>) and this year’s ANSESA Chair, Dr. Luisa Caiazzo (<>). Submissions must be sent as an email attachment in either a .doc or .docx format. For ease of processing, please be sure to include the keyword “ESA2021” in the subject line of your email.  Please send all questions to ANSESA Chair, Dr. Luisa Caiazzo.

Submission Requirements and Procedures

All submissions must be prepared according to the guidelines provided at <>. Authors must use the formatting rules listed in the official Style Sheet of Names, the journal of the American Name Society.  The Style Sheet is available at the journal website: <>.  Entries will not only be judged upon the quality of the writing and the scientific merit of the submission presented, but also on their adherence to these formatting regulations.

Before submitting your work for award consideration, be sure that your text has been completely anonymized.  Accordingly, all markers that could potentially be used to determine the author's identity, academic rank, employment status, and/or affiliations must be removed from the text contents and document name.  However, in the body of the email used to submit your entry, please be sure to provide the following information: 1.) your full name; 2.) preferred email address for correspondence; and 3.) current academic affiliation and/or place of employment.  In you are not currently a uniersity student or employed, please identify yourself as an  "independent researcher".


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the ANSESA, applicants must be an entry-level professional, an untenured academic, or a student. Applicants must have had their single-authored abstract accepted for presentation at the ANS annual conference and be a member of the ANS. Previously published papers are not eligible for consideration. However, papers based on unpublished theses or dissertations are eligible. The ANSESA Selection Committee will judge all submissions for their methodological soundness, innovation, and potential contribution to the field of onomastics.  Although past recipients of the ANSESA are eligible to re-apply for an entirely new piece of scholarship, preference may be given to first-time applicants.  Please direct questions to this year's ANSESA Committee Chair, ANS Vice President, Dr. Luisa Caiazzo (<>).