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Judith Plotz Emerging Scholar Award
Awarded annually by the Children's Literature Association to recognize outstanding articles of literary criticism by new, never-before-published article authors. The focus of the article should be a literary, historical, theoretical, or cultural examination of children's texts and/or children's culture, although other items may also be included in the analysis. Eligible articles must be the first article published by a given author and must be written in English exclusively by the author(s) or translator(s) whose name(s) appear(s) on the article and must have been published during the year under consideration. Articles should provide new insights into the field, making a distinct or significant scholarly contribution to the understanding of children's literature. Reprints of previously published articles are not eligible.
Winner: Niall Nance-Carroll for "Innocence is No Defense: Politicized Childhood in Antonio Skármeta’s La composición/The Composition,” published in Children's Literature in Education 45.4 (December 2014): 271-284.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Feldman for "Reading Games in Auschwitz: Play in Holocaust Youth Literature," published in The Lion and the Unicorn 38.3 (September 2014): 360-380.