2012 Writing Prizes

The Society of Humanistic Anthropology announces the opening of the 2012 competitions for the Victor Turner Prize, the Ethnographic Fiction Prize and the Ethnographic Poetry Prize.

2012 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

JUDGES: Misty Bastian, Kevin Oneill, Neni Panourgiá, and John Watanabe

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 22nd annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking a language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize will be given in recognition of an innovative book that furthers this project. Eligible genres include ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories or poems. A $500 first-place, a $300 second place and $200 third-place prizes, for books published between April 2010 and April 2012, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco in November 2012.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2010 or 2012 and entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee. Submission fee: For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book.

1. Send one copy of each book for a total of four copies separately addressed to: Victor Turner Prize, c/o Misty Bastian, Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Kevin Oneill, Department for the Study of Religion, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, floor 3, Toronto, Ontario M5r 2M8 Canada; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Neni Panourgiá, ICLS, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; Victor Turner Prize, c/o John M. Watanabe, Department of Anthropology, 6047 Silsby Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755.

2. Send the submission fee of $25 for current SHA members and $75 for non-members, along with the completed Submission Fee Form to:

Suzanne Mattingly, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2200 Wilson Blvd – Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201

703.528.1902, ext 1160 – fax: 703.528.3546

smattingly@aaanet.org

3. All who enter the contest must include a cover letter with four items of required information: (a) the book title and the publisher; (b) the author’s contact information including the mailing address, all telephone numbers and e-mail address; (c) the author’s biographical sketch (1-2 paragraphs) including the required highest degree awarded, in which discipline, and from which institution; (d) current affiliation (university or otherwise). Entrants may also include an optional short statement about intellectual training/orientation, and the circumstances surrounding the research/writing of the book. Biographical information will be used for presenting the winners and publicizing the results of the competition and will not be used for judging the quality of the entries. Please send the cover letter and accompanying statements and biological information to Victor Turner Prize, c/o James M. Taggart (jim.taggart@fandm.edu), Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

The deadline for submitting the required materials is May 1, 2012.

2012 Ethnographic Fiction Competition

JUDGES: Jessica Falcone, Kristen Ghodsee and Ruth Behar

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual fiction competition to encourage anthropologists to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns associated with the four fields of anthropology. Stories should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced. There is a limit of one story for each submission.

Please submit three hard (printed) copies per entry without the author’s name to SHA Ethnographic Fiction Prize, c/o Dr. Jessica Marie Falcone, 204 Waters Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, by May 1, 2012. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco in November 2012. The winning story will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100.

2012 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

JUDGES: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Lorraine Healy

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry
competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to
explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated
with the fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic,
Sociocultural and Applied.

The first-place winner will receive
a certificate and award of $100, the second-place winner will receive $ 75, and the third-place winner will receive $ 50.00. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the SHA Awards Ceremony at the annual meeting
of the American Anthropological Association in Fall 2012, and will be published
in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism.

Send poems postmarked no later than August 1, 2012 to:

Renato Rosaldo,Times, SHA Poetry
Department of Anthropology
NYU
25 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

Electronic or faxed submissions will not be accepted except by request from ethnographic poets working outside the U.S. and Canada.

Members of the American Anthropological Association do not have to submit an entry fee. Others must submit a check for $ 10 accompanied by the Submission Fee form to:

Suzanne Mattingly, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2200 Wilson Blvd – Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201

703.528.1902, ext 1160 – fax: 703.528.3546

smattingly@aaanet.org

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