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Announcing the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

Announcing the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology would like to invite submissions of graduate student papers for the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize. Papers should be submitted by the deadline, March 20, 2015.

The winner and finalists will be invited to participate in an SLA-sponsored panel at the 2015 AAA meetings in Denver, along with this year’s competition judges (names TBA). The winner will receive a $500 prize and a grant of up to $300 to cover expenses for travel to the AAA meeting to accept the award.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the award, the applicant must have been a graduate 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 clarity, significance to the field, and substantive contribution.  At the time of submission for this competition, the paper must not have been published or submitted for publication.


Submissions: The paper should be suitable for submission to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology ( and must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, not including bibliography.  The paper must be submitted to in either .pdf or .doc format by the March 20 deadline.  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; and the name of the faculty member who served as the student’s advisor with respect to the writing of the paper.


Please contact Jim Wilce, SLA board member-at-large, with any questions: