Awards and Prizes

The Hagiography Society Book Prize

The Hagiography Society is pleased to announce its next book prize competition. The prize will be awarded to a scholarly first book written on any disciplinary subject that makes an outstanding contribution to the study and understanding of saints, holy men and women, virtue traditions, and the concept of sanctity in ideational, literary, artistic, and sociohistorical dimensions in the pre-modern period. Books concerning all geographies and religious systems are eligible. The monetary value of the prize is $500. The author of the book presented to the competition must be a member of the Hagiography Society by the time of the book’s submission. Each year, the prize committee will consist of three scholars called upon by the Society to fulfill the task of awarding the prize. The committee will not include anyone currently serving the Hagiography Society in an official capacity. All books that have been published in 2020 and 2021 are eligible for the prize.  The submission deadline for the prize is 30 June 2021 (for 2021 books published after that date, this deadline is extended to December 31, 2021).  The recipient of the prize will be announced spring 2022.  Please arrange for 3 copies of your book/manuscript to be sent to the President of the Hagiography Society: Catherine M. Mooney; 10 John A. Andrew Street; Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-2823; USA

Past Winners of the Book Prize

2020 – Roy Flechner, Saint Patrick Retold: The Legend and History of  Ireland’s Patron Saint (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019).

2019 – Maya Maskarinec, City of Saints: Rebuilding Rome in the Early Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

2018 – Catherine M. Mooney, Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

2017 – Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, Missionary Stories and the Formation of the Syriac Churches, Transformation of the Classical Heritage 55 (University of California Press, 2015).

The Sherry L. Reames Graduate Student Travel Award for Hagiographical Studies

Given that the ICMS organizers have now decided to hold the 2022 conference virtually, this year’s Reames Travel Award will be adjusted to cover the costs of registration. We encourage graduate students to apply, and we look forward to supporting your scholarship in hagiography!

Named in honor of the beloved founder and long-time leader of the Society, the award now provides $500 to be used toward travel to present at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held annually at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. The winners will be granted a free two-year membership in the Hagiography Society.


Students who are Hagiography Society members and enrolled in a graduate program (anywhere in the world) are eligible to apply if their paper, on a topic involving hagiography, has been accepted for inclusion on a regular panel (not a round table or other format) in the program of the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, at the time of application.  They are also expected to attend the annual Hagiography Society Business Meeting held to be held virtually at the International Congress on Medieval Studies


Please submit the following documents, combined in a single .PDF file, by 1 November to the Secretary / Treasurer of the Hagiography Society:

  • a current curriculum vitæ
  • the abstract for the accepted paper, identifying the panel on which it will be presented
  • a cover letter, addressing the following questions:
    • How does this paper fit into your scholarly trajectory?
    • Have you presented at a scholarly conference before?
    • Have you received other funding for travel regarding this paper or others?

Successful applicants will be informed of the results by December 15, 2021.

We welcome contributions in any amount to the Sherry L. Reames Graduate Student Travel Award for Hagiographical Studies:

Past Winners for the Sherry L. Reames Travel Award

Lacey Bonar, History, West Virginia University, “Losing Face, Saving Grace: The Trope of Facial Disfigurement in Saints’ Lives” (2019-2020). Since the International Congress on Medieval Studies was cancelled for 2020, this  paper will be delivered in 2021.

Niamh Kehoe, English, University College Cork, Ireland, “Fools and Sinners: Pedagogy in Two Anonymous Anglo-Saxon Saints’ Lives” (2018-2019)

Kortney Stern, English, Indiana, “Future Perfect” (2018-2019)

Dorottya Uhrin, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, “The Earliest Cult of Saint Margaret of Antioch in Hungary” (2017-2018)

Lydia Walker, UT-Knoxville, “The Formulation of Female Holiness and Masculine Integrity: An Examination of Lutgard of Aywières and Jacques de Vitry” (2017-2018)

John Fry, UT-Austin, “Hagiography and Dorigen’s Discontent in the ‘Franklin’s Tale’” (2016-2017)

Mary Anne Gonzales, Guelph University, “Imitation and Feeling: Sorrow and Compassion in the Stigmata of Elizabeth of Spalbeek” (2016-2017)

Christopher Paolella, U. Missouri-Columbia, “Servi et Servi Dei: Slaves and Saints in Early-Medieval Hagiography” (2016-2017)

David A. Heayn, City University of New York, “Byzantine Monasticism in Two Anatolian Provinces, ca. 500-700” (2015-2016)

Véronique Olivier, Université de Montréal and Université Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, “Saint Lambert in Vence: Plurisecular Fortune of a Local Cult” (2015-2016)

Britton Brooks, Oxford University, “The Vernacular Fenland: the literal landscape of the anonymous Old English prose Life of Saint Guthlac” (2014-2015)

Amy Devenney, University of Leeds, “‘You take the high road and I’ll take the low road’: exploring the experience of pilgrimage to monastic and civic shrines in twelfth century Apulia” (2014-2015)

Ashley Laverock, Emory University, “Dynamic Hagiography: Image and Inscription in the Thirteenth-Century Stained-Glass Window of St. Margaret of Antioch at Ardagger Abbey” (2014-2015)

Murrielle Michaud, Wilfrid Laurier University, “The Middle English Vita of Christina the Astonishing: Secular Hagiography, Patience Literature, and Biography” (2013-2014)

Jenny Bledsoe, Emory University, “Intercession and Devotion: Guthlac and Bartholomew in the Old English Prose Guthlac and Vercelli Homily XXIII” (2013-2014)

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