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About the Award and Eligibility

The Charles J. Goodwin Awards of Merit, three prizes given annually, are named in honor of a long-time member and generous benefactor of the Society for Classical Studies. They are the only honors for scholarly books given by the Society. The awards are presented at the Annual Meeting for an outstanding contribution to classical scholarship published by a member of the Society during the three years before the current calendar year, i.e., in this case, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Candidates to be considered must have been continuous members of the SCS continuously for the three previous years (2019-2021). The SCS Office will verify the membership of authors.

The works chosen to receive the award may be books, monographs, or articles, provided that they have not appeared in substantially the same form in earlier publications. They are selected by the Committee on the C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit, which consists of five elected members. In 2013 the SCS Board of Directors mandated the Committee make three awards each year. The Committee welcomes nominations in all areas of classical studies. A list of previous recipients of the Award appears here.

Nomination Instructions

Letters of nomination, which may be submitted by anyone including publishers and the author, are due by March 31, 2022, and should be sent via email to Executive Director Helen Cullyer (

Nominators should also arrange for the publisher to send five copies to the Society's office by the deadline of March 31, 2022. Please note that there are now 5 members of the selection committee and that books sent without a substantive nomination letter will not be considered.


  • Can anyone really make a nomination? Yes! Any organization or individual, including presses and authors, can nominate books. We accept nominations from SCS members and non-members.
  • Where do I send books? Society for Classical Studies, 20 Cooper Sq., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10003
  • How do I know if an author is eligible? If you know the author, you can ask them whether they were an active member from 2019-2021. You can also contact the SCS office for an eligibility check ( The SCS office verifies the membership status of all nominees.
  • Who are this year's committee members? Harriet Flower, Amy Richlin, Richard Hunter, Rhiannon Ash, and Yopie Prins.