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SLA Graduate Essay Contest 2016

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, Friday March 11, 2016.

The winner and finalists will be invited to participate in an SLA-sponsored panel at the 2016 AAA meetings in Minneapolis, along with this year’s esteemed competition judges serving as discussants.

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, submitted for publication, or under review for publication.

Submissions: The paper should follow the style and format of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology ( and must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, not including bibliography. The paper must be submitted electronically in either .pdf or .doc format by the March 11 deadline.  It should be sent to  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 Shalini Shankar, SLA board member-at-large, with any questions:

We look forward to receiving your submissions!