Early Career Prize criteria

The RaAM Early Career Research Paper Prize aims to encourage the production and dissemination of high quality research in the field of metaphor, metonymy, and other forms of figurative expression.

Criteria for the award

The RaAM Early Career Research prize will be awarded for the paper that best demonstrates the following qualities, reflecting the stated aims of the RaAM organisation:

  • originality
  • rigour in research methodology
  • contribution to studies on metaphor, metonymy, and/or other forms of figurative expression
  • relevance and significance to a real world context
  • Applicants must have been awarded a PhD degree in the 4-year period immediately preceding the RaAM Prize presentation date (or, exceptionally, be enrolled/registered as a PhD student). The date of the PhD award is taken as the date the degree was conferred by the university. For 2021, this is the period 23th June 2017 – 23th June 2021.
  • The applicant must be the sole author, or first author having made the major contribution to the paper. If not the sole author, the applicant must include signed statements from the other author(s) as to the level of the applicant’s contribution.
  • An applicant may submit only one paper in one prize year.
  • The paper submitted must be published in a journal or edited collection, and must have been peer-reviewed. It may be published in print or electronically.
  • It must be in print (or otherwise out in definitive, archived form in the public domain) at the time of application.
  • The paper must be centrally concerned with metaphor, metonymy, and/or other forms of figurative expression in real world contexts.
  • The paper may be in any language (see below).
Procedure for submitting a paper
  • There will be a deadline for applications that will normally be at least two months before the RaAM Conference. For 2021, this will be 23th April 2021.
  • Applicants must submit their papers to the RaAM Prize Panel by the deadline and to the address provided, either in print (4 copies) or by pointing to a publicly accessible electronic version.

Mailing address for 2021: m.bolognesi@unibo.it.

  • Each application must be accompanied by:
    • a statement, no longer than 500 words, justifying the claim that the candidate paper meets the Award Criteria of originality, rigour in research methodology, contribution to the field and relevance to real-world context;
    • evidence that the applicant and the paper meet the eligibility criteria set out above, i.e. evidence of date of PhD award; evidence of main authorship, if not sole author; evidence of peer review (e.g., link to statement on journal homepage, letter from editor).
  • If the paper is not written in English then the applicant must supply a 1000-word abstract in English, and must designate someone prepared to translate the paper if the RaAM Prize Panel requests this.
Judging and awarding
  • A RaAM Prize Panel will be formed at appropriate points by the RaAM Executive Committee, with term-limited membership, and subject to such regulations (e.g., concerning successive membership terms) as will be agreed from time to time by the RaAM Board. The RaAM Prize Panel will be solely responsible for deciding on eligibility and awards.
  • The RaAM Executive Committee will take due measures against possible conflicts of interest, and members of the Prize Panel will not be connected to applicants or their PhD process, e.g., as examiner or supervisor.
  • Awards will be announced at the end of the 2021 RaAM conference.