SAR Essay Prize: Volumes 78 & 79

The Volume 78 SAR Essay Prize Committee is pleased to announce the V. 78 winning essay: 

Kristie S. Fleckenstein, Kathleen Blake Yancey, Matthew Davis, and Katherine T. Bridgman. "Program Sustainability: Curricular Resilience in Florida State University´s Editing, Writing, and Media Concentration." SAR 78.1-2.

The committee's citation reads:

The smooth and engaging writing of this article makes what might seem to be a technical topic all the more interesting. The authors´ extensive research and documentation give considerable weight to their analysis of pressing issues in academia today. The article discusses in detail the notions of “sustainability” and “resilience” and provides an account of how the authors sought to maintain the identity of the program yet at the same time provide room for innovation. Well written and full of interesting and provocative ideas, the notion that a successful concentration or program requires both coherence and innovation can be used as an example for many struggling departments in
the Humanities.

The Volume 79 SAR Essay Prize Committee is pleased to announce the V. 79 winning essay:  

Martin Sturges. “A Deep Map of the South: Natural History, Cultural History, and William Bartram’s Travels.” SAR 79.1-2. 

The committee's citation reads:

This article presented a fascinating discussion of Bartram that offered a compelling argument for Bartram’s importance and unique contributions.  The writing was engaging, the research impeccable, and the theoretical approach clearly presented. The author, cognizant of the many interpretations of Bartram’s work, argues that because the book was drafted in the wake of not only the American Revolution but also of the scientific revolution it shows an “epistemic overlap” between the 18th and 19th century. Well written and researched and full of interesting and provocative ideas, the essay ultimately argues that Bertram was able to portray American Indian culture in a novel way.

South Atlantic Review publishes four issues annually: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The SAR Essay Prize Committee reviews the issues from the year prior to the annual convention and selects one essay to recognize for exceptional scholarship and its contribution to the journal.

The author(s) of the selected essay receives a $500 honorarium and complimentary registration to attend the annual SAMLA Conference. 

Nominations for this award are not required – all SAR essays published within the prize year are considered for the award.

Please contact Paul Donnelly at or 404.413.5816 with any questions.