Twice a year, CAA awards grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Thanks to the generous bequest of the late Prof. Millard Meiss, CAA began awarding these publishing grants in 1975.
Books eligible for a Meiss grant must currently be under contract with a publisher and be on a subject in the arts or art history. The deadlines for the receipt of applications are March 15 and September 15 of each year. Please review the Application Guidelines and the Application Process, Schedule, and Checklist for complete instructions.
In general, the purpose of the grant is to support presses in the publication of projects of the highest scholarly and intellectual merit that may not generate adequate financial return. The jury is particularly sympathetic to applications that propose enhancing the visual component of the study through the inclusion of color plates or an expanded component of black-and-white illustrations. Expenses generated by exceptional design requirements (maps, line drawings, charts, and tables) are also suitable for consideration. Permission and rental fees/reproduction rights, especially in cases where they are burdensome, are also appropriate.
Reader’s reports should be anonymous to the author but signed and dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential), and they should not be more than three years old. The reports must be substantive, analytical evaluations of the complete manuscript. Mere endorsements are not acceptable. The author’s response to the reports should be included with the application so that the current state of the manuscript is made clear. The Meiss Jury does not admit reports written by the author’s dissertation adviser or other interested parties, such as a series editor. Note that reader’s reports are a significant and influential element of the grant application.
Deadlines for grant applications to be received at the CAA office: March 15 and September 15. Awards are made in May and November, and publishers receive notification of awards within four to six weeks.
The publisher submits all components as follows as separate PDF email attachments or on 8½ x 11-inch paper (printed on one side only without staples):
- Form A, completed by publisher
- A detailed budget (requested in Part A). The jury carefully considers financial information when making an award
- Publisher’s cover letter
The publisher or editor’s cover letter should describe the importance of the work, detail for what purpose(s) the grant is needed, and articulate how this project meets the criteria of the grant. It is also helpful for the letter to place the book in the context of the publisher’s program or plans, since the award supports the press, not the author. The cover letter should also include the amount of grant requested.
- Partial manuscript, including:
- Table of contents
- Introduction and one or two sample chapters
- Picture list or illustration program
- Sample images (include figure numbers and captions) and a description of the illustration program (if any)
- Sample bibliography (five pages minimum; a full bibliography is preferred)
- Manuscript reviews: Two or more substantive, analytical peer reviews or readers’ reports of the manuscript, addressing originality, significance of the scholarly contribution, and quality of the research and prose, and written by reviewers who are authorities on the material of the book. Note that readers’ reports are a significant and influential element of the grant application. Reviews are anonymous to the author but should be signed and dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential) and should not be more than three years old. The author’s response to the reports should be signed and included with the application, so that the current state of the manuscript is made clear. If the author’s response is older than one year, a state-of-progress report should be included. Reports written by the author’s dissertation adviser or other interested parties, such as a series editor, are ineligible for application to this award.
- All materials prepared by author, as listed below
Prepared by the author and forwarded to the publisher:
- Form B, completed by author
- Author’s curriculum vitae (include dates of degrees and page numbers of published articles)
- Narrative description or abstract of the manuscript (two pages maximum)
- Author's response to the (anonymous) readers’ reports (dated, with state-of-progress report if older than one year)
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