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Deadline extended for SLA Annual Student Paper Prizes

Dear SLA Colleagues,

I’m posting this message on behalf of my fellow SLA Executive Committee Member at Large, Jillian Cavanaugh, who is organizing this year’s SLA Annual Student Paper Prize competition.

In the hope of having more submissions and a more competitive field, she is extending the deadline until June 30. She would also like to make you aware that the cash prize (both undergraduate and graduate) is $500; and that the SLA will provide $300 in travel reimbursement for the prize winners, in order to help ensure that they’ll be able to attend the AAA conference and accept their prizes in person.

Details about the competition are below. Please contact Jillian directly, at the address given below, with any questions–and with your entries for the competition! (She may have somewhat irregular access to email, but she’ll get back to you.)

Paul Garrett


Dear SLA Colleagues,

On behalf of the SLA Executive Committee, I invite you to participate in this year’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology student essay prize competition for the best undergraduate and graduate papers in linguistic anthropology.

If you are a student who has written a paper that meets the contest guidelines (see below), please consider submitting it! If you are a faculty member who has read a student paper that you feel is worthy of consideration, please encourage the author to submit it.

Jillian R. Cavanaugh
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Brooklyn College, CUNY
2900 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11215
(718) 951-5000 ex. 3803


Society for Linguistic Anthropology Annual Student Essay Competition

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology holds an annual student essay competition at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In order to be eligible for one of these awards, the entrant must have been either a graduate or undergraduate student in a degree-granting program when the paper was written; must be the sole author of the paper; and must submit the paper no more than two years after it was written.

The paper must be an original work based on original research conducted by the author. It will be evaluated on the basis of its clarity, significance to the field, and substantive contribution. The paper should be suitable for submission to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology and must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, not including bibliography. At the time of submission for this competition, the paper must not have been published or submitted for publication.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. A prize will be awarded in each category only if a submission of sufficiently high quality is received. The winner or winners will be announced at the SLA business meeting, which is held during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The winner in each category (undergraduate and graduate) receives an award certificate as well as a cash prize. The graduate winner is invited and encouraged to submit his/her work for publication as an article in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

Entries must be submitted electronically in either .pdf or .doc format. They should be sent to Jillian Cavanaugh (SLA Executive Committee Member at Large and organizer of this year’s competition) at by the deadline of June 30. The cover sheet should include: the title of the paper; the author’s name; the author’s email address; the author’s college or university affiliation; the prize category (undergraduate or graduate) for which the paper is being submitted; and the name of the faculty member who served as the student’s advisor with respect to the writing of the paper.

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