Alexander G. McKay Prize (Vergilian Society)

Alexander G. McKay Prize competition for the best new book in Vergilian studies is now open.

The Vergilian Society is pleased to announce the opening of the next competition for the Alexander G.McKay Prize for the best book in Vergilian studies. The prize, which is accompanied by a cash award of $500 or a life membership in the Vergilian Society (valued at $800), is awarded every other year to the book that, in the opinion of the prize evaluation committee, makes the greatest contribution toward our understanding and appreciation of Vergil or topics related to Vergil. Works of literary criticism, biography, bibliography, textual criticism, reference, history, archaeology, and the classical tradition are all eligible, provided that Vergilian studies represent a significant portion of the discussion. The current competition will cover books published during the years 2018 and 2019. The winner will be announced at the Vergilian Society session at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Chicago in January 2021.The authors of books being considered for the McKay Prize must be members of the Vergilian Society at the time their books are submitted; for new members or to renew memberships see A copy of each book to be considered, and an email listing any book sent, should be sent to both members of the prize evaluation committee by August 1, 2020. Copies may be submitted in the traditional book form or in digital form. For the addresses of the prize evaluation committee members and for any questions about the competition, please contact Barbara Weiden Boyd, Vergilian Society President, at

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