Subvention Grant for First Book in Jewish Studies

“The Foundation for Jewish Culture is pleased to announce its new subvention grant for the publication of outstanding first book in Jewish studies. The Sidney and Hadassah Musher Subvention Grant in Jewish Studies replaces the Sidney and Hadassah Musher Publication Prize, which since 1992 provided grant money toward the publication of a Ph.D. dissertation relating to Jewish life in Israel or America from 1880 to the present.

The Foundation awards a single $3,000 grant on a biannual basis to support the publication of an outstanding first book project by a recent Ph.D. (Applicants must have completed their Ph.D.s within 6 years of application.) The prize recognizes the originality, scope, and scholarly rigor of any first book published within approved categories related to Jewish studies (please see application for full details).”

And you will find that application, and the details, here. Note that all applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, September 26, 2008; materials hand delivered to the Foundation must be received by 4 PM on that day.

HBI Grants

Based at Brandeis University, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) “awards grants to support interdisciplinary research or artistic projects on Jewish women and gender issues. Scholars, activists, writers and artists who are pursuing research on questions of significance to the field of Jewish women’s studies may apply.” NB: “Applications from outside the United States (in English) are welcome. There is no residency requirement. Open to applicants irrespective of gender or religion.” The next grant application deadline is coming up on September 15, 2008. See the Web site for more information.

Moment Magazine’s Contests for Young Writers

Guidelines have been posted for the next Moment Magazine High School Essay Contest (a “social action writing contest for high school students in grades 9-12”) and its Publish-a-Kid Contest, which invites “young readers [ages 9-13] to write book reviews.” Apart from publication, it’s hard to discern what other prizes may be awarded (on the other hand, there’s no entry fee for these competitions, either). Guidelines for the High School Essay Contest (deadline: December 15, 2008) are here; guidelines for the Publish-a-Kid Contest (deadline: December 8, 2008) are here.

Blog Discovery: The Book of Life

I’ve just discovered The Book of Life, whose tagline reads “a podcast about Jewish people and the books we read.” I have to admit that I still haven’t fallen completely in love with podcasts, but the blog itself seems well worth reading, with lots of references to Jewish books, writers, and publishers. Host Heidi Estrin directs the library at Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida, and participates in a number of Jewish book organizations/activities. This is a welcome addition to my link list.