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 2020 and 2021. The winner will be announced at the Vergilian Society session at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in New Orleans in January 2023.
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
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 15, 2022. 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 bboyd at bowdoin.edu.