2013 SHA Writing Prizes Open

The Society of Humanistic Anthropology announces the opening of the 2013 competitions for the Victor Turner Prize, the Ethnographic Fiction Prize and the Ethnographic Poetry Prize.

The absolute deadline for receipt of the required materials is May 1, 2013.

2013 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

JUDGES: Ruth Elizabeth Toulson, Angela Garcia, and Ather Zia

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 23rd 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 $300.00 second place and $ 200.00 third-place prizes, for books published between April 2011 and April 2013, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago in November 2013.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2011 – 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 three (3) copies of each book separately addressed to: Victor Turner Prize, c/o Ruth Elizabeth Toulson, Department of Anthropology, Dept. 3431, 100 University Avenue, Laramie, Wy 82071- 2000; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Angela Garcia, 1737 Willington Ct., Oakland, Ca 94602; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Ather Zia, 7201 Palo Verde Road. Irvine, Ca 92617.

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
phone: 703.528.1902, ext 1160,  fax: 703.528.3546
smattingly@aaanet.org

(Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member)

3.  All who enter the contest must include a cover letter with four items of required information:

  • (a) book title, publication year, and 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 highest degree awarded, in which discipline, and from which institution; and
  • (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 Billie Jean Isbell (bji1@cornell.edu) Department of Anthropology, McGraw Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 14853

2013 Ethnographic Fiction Competition

JUDGES: Jessica Falcone, Rachel Newcomb and Cynthia Mahood

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, 2013. 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 Chicago in November 2013. 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.

2013 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

JUDGES: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, and Kate Harding

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 2013, and will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism.

Send poems postmarked no later than August 1, 2013 to Renato Rosaldo, SHA Poetry, Department of Anthropology NYU
25 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003

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