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 2016 and 2017. The winner will be announced at the Vergilian Society session at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Diego in January, 2019. 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 https://www.vergiliansociety.org/memberships-and-donations.
A copy of each book to be considered, and an email listing any book sent, must be sent to both members of the prize evaluation committee by June 1, 2018. For their addresses and any questions about the competition please write to James O’Hara, Vergilian Society President.