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The Velvet Light Trap Issue #89, "Media Awards: 
Beyond the EGOT," has extended its deadline! We 
will now be accepting submissions until February 
28th. If more time is needed beyond that, please 
email the editors at 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask] as soon as possible to discuss.

The full CFP is below. Please send submissions to 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask] We 
understand the delays and frustrations inherent 
to working during a pandemic, and will be as 
accommodating as possible to your requests. We 
look forward to reading your work!
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The Velvet Light Trap #89
Media Awards: Beyond the EGOT

The “big four” American entertainment awards­the 
Emmy for television, the Grammy for music, the 
Oscar for film, and the Tony for theater, often 
referred to by the “EGOT” acronym­have long 
served as a barometer of mainstream taste 
cultures in their respective fields. While 
literature on media awards is not completely 
absent, its scope has been narrow. Popular press 
works on the somewhat standardized journalistic 
narratives surrounding the EGOT, particularly the 
Oscars. Scholarly literature has largely focused 
on awards as they pertain to the international 
art cinema circuit and its attached film 
festivals, such as the Cannes Film Festival. This 
call, while respecting the literature that 
addresses these familiar narratives, intends to 
reimagine and reinvigorate discussion of 
entertainment awards and their meaning within the media industries.

Awards are a near-ubiquitous feature of media 
cultures across mediums, narrative forms, 
industrial roles, and both geopolitical and 
virtual spaces: The Nolly Awards, for the span of 
a few years, recognized achievement in Nollywood 
films, i.e. the cinema of Nigeria; TikTok user 
Ashley Hufford (@ashleyhufford) recently sought 
to establish the “Tik Tok Tony Awards”; The Ursa 
Major Awards is awarded for “the furry arts.” 
What purpose do these and other awards serve for 
their respective communities, beyond the 
oft-stated objective of recognizing excellence? 
In what cases do awards recognize achievement in 
areas beyond the media text? In what aspects of 
the media industries are awards rarely given, but 
excellence still expected? When is the stated 
purpose or ultimate effect of an award something 
distinctly separate from excellence?

Furthermore, we are interested in the 
intersection of awards with critical discourse on 
political, social, and identity-based issues. 
Media award shows have long served as a locus for 
the discussion of issues through sartorial 
statements, protests on and off the red carpet, 
and political statements in acceptance speeches 
or other awards forums. Recent conversations 
about inclusion and equity for marginalized 
communities in nominations and organizational 
membership have served to highlight the 
institutionalized bigotry of the media industries 
and media cultures more generally. This advocacy 
has come from many perspectives, both within 
those industries, from cultural intermediaries in 
the fourth estate, and from vocal audience 
members. Such discussions have been accompanied 
by some change, including the establishment of 
the Academy Inclusion Standards in 2020, and the 
2019 Tony for Best Musical Revival going to 
Oklahoma!, a production which transformed the 
traditional work into an allegory for racism and 
intolerance in contemporary America. It remains 
to be seen, however, whether these gestures 
signal a larger, permanent shift towards equity, 
or whether they will remain largely symbolic 
events. Media awards thus provide a microcosm of 
larger representational concerns, one that can 
serve as a rich point of study for scholarly inquiry.

The Velvet Light Trap #89 seeks to challenge and 
expand our understanding of media awards so that 
we may better understand the media ecologies that 
support such events. These awards bridge media 
criticism, sociocultural issues, national and 
international politics, and cultures of art and 
entertainment into discourses both in and outside 
of the mainstream. We welcome submissions that 
push the boundaries of current media awards 
literature, use media award contexts as key case 
studies, or exploring any of the following themes:

Reimagining our approach to or conception of 
major awards, ‘awards seasons,’ and their 
attendant discourses, including the Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and Grammys

Media awards outside North American and Anglophone contexts

The various meanings of entertainment and media 
award shows in relation to the local, national, and global contexts.

Historical media awards (defunct or still 
ongoing), particularly situated within sociocultural contexts

Explorations of the various cultural 
intermediaries that enable and coordinate the 
hubbub of “awards seasons,” including critics, culture writers, and so on.

Recognition of technical, below-the-line, 
organizational, or corporate achievement

Recognition of achievement for communities of 
color and marginalized groups (e.g. NAACP Image Awards, the Unforgettable Gala)

Recognition of achievement in marginalized groups 
(e.g. the GLAAD Media Awards, the Mental Health 
Media Awards, the Media Access Awards)

Recognition of achievement in media subcultures, 
communities, or genres (e.g. the Ursa Major 
Awards, the Saturn Awards, the r/Aww Awards)

Recognition of achievement in pornography (e.g. 
the PornHub Awards, the GayVN Awards)

Recognition of social media and digital content 
achievement (e.g. the American Influencer Awards, 
the Webby Awards, the Streamy Awards, the Shorty Awards)

Recognition of achievement in video games (e.g. 
the Game Awards, the Game Critics Awards)

Recognition of achievement in comics and 
animation (e.g. the Annie Awards, the Eisner Awards)

Recognition of achievement in understudied, 
under-recognized or niche media types

Intentionally subversive media-related awards (e.g. the Razzies)

Recognition of achievement in relation to 
conventions and/or fandom-specific contexts

Controversies related to a specific media-related 
award, award show, or win/loss

Submission Guidelines
Submissions should be between 6,000 and 7,500 
words, formatted in Chicago Style. Please submit 
an electronic copy of the paper along with a 
separate one-page abstract, both saved as 
Microsoft Word files. Remove any identifying 
information so that the submission is suitable 
for anonymous review. Quotations not in English 
should be accompanied by translations. Please 
send your submissions to 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask] by 
February 28th, 2021. If additional time is 
necessary, please email us to discuss.

About the Journal
TVLT is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of 
film, television, and new media. The journal draw 
on a variety of theoretical and historiographical 
approaches from the humanities and social 
sciences and welcomes any effort that will help 
foster the ongoing processes of evaluation and 
negotiation in media history and criticism. While 
TVLT maintains its traditional commitment to the 
study of American film, it also expands its scope 
to television and other media, to adjacent 
institutions, and to other nations' media. The 
journal encourages both approaches and objects of 
study that have been neglected or excluded in past scholarship.

Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin 
at Madison and the University of Texas at Austin 
coordinate issues in alternation, and each issue 
is devoted to a particular theme. TVLT's 
Editorial Advisory Board includes such notable 
scholars as Ben Aslinger, Caitlin Benson-Allott, 
Lauren S. Berliner, Dolores Inés Casillas, Aymar 
Jean Christian, Lisa Dombrowski, Raquel Gates, 
Dan Herbert, Deborah Jaramillo, Lori Morimoto, 
Meenasarani (Linde) Murugan, Safia Noble, Bob 
Rehak, Debra Ramsay, Bonnie Ruberg, Avi Santo, 
Samantha Noelle Sheppard, Dan Streible, Neil 
Verma, and Alyx Vesey. TVLT's graduate student 
editors are assisted by their local faculty 
advisors: Mary Beltrán, Ben Brewster, Jonathan 
Gray, Lea Jacobs, Derek Johnson, Shanti Kumar, 
Charles Ramírez Berg, Thomas Schatz, and Janet Staiger (emeritus).

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