The 2018 WSECS Committee was pleased to confer multiple awards: 

First Prize: Bradford Boyd, Arizona State University, "'Or shall we mount again the rural throne': Baroque Periphrasis as Jacobite Satire in Dryden’s Pastorals"​
Second Prize: Angelina Del Balzo, University of California, Los Angeles, "'He has new moulded for our English stage': Manufacturing Theater in the Prologue"​
Third Prize:  Júlia Coelho, University of Missouri, "Claudio Monteverdi and La Favola d’Orfeo: Character Construction and the Depiction of Emotion"

Helene W. Koon Memorial Award

WSECS established this award as a tribute to the innovative scholarship, creative teaching, and generous spirit of Helene W. Koon, a scholar of eighteenth-century dramatic literature and professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino.

The WSECS Committee offers an award of $250 for the best paper presented at the annual conference by a graduate student or junior faculty member.  All nontenured delegates are encouraged to submit their papers via e-mail to the conference organizers no later than the Friday following the meeting.  Papers may not be longer than 2500 words plus notes.  The WSECS Committee will notify the winner, acknowledge the award on the society website, and present it at the following year’s conference.