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.     


The 2016 WSECS Committee was pleased to confer multiple awards: 

First Prize: Tawny Paul, “Physical Encounters with the Market: Debt, Masculinity, and the Body in Eighteenth-Century Britain”​
Second Prize: Garland (Dave) Beasley, “Encountering Radicalism: Matthew Lewis’ The Monk, Democracy, and the English Mob”​
Third Prize:  Jolene Zigarovich, “Transing the Gothic”
Honorable Mention: Brittany Miller, “Mapping Evelina: A Young Lady’s Entrance into the World Encounters the Digital”