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SLA Annual Undergraduate Student Essay Contest 2018

Calling all linguistic anthropology undergraduates! 

Do you have a stellar research paper that you would like to share with the wider professional community of linguistic anthropologists? 

Submit to SLA’s Annual Student Essay Contest!

Every year the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) confers an award for a distinguished undergraduate research paper.  Selected winner will be awarded $500, a certificate of accomplishment, and a $300 travel grant to the AAA Annual Meeting in San Jose (CA), November 14 – 18, 2018.  In addition, the winning essay will be considered for publication in our signature journal, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.  Essays will be judged on the basis of research contributions to the field of linguistic anthropology, clarity, organization, and engagement with existing scholarship.  If this sounds like a paper you have, and it has been written within the last two years, and has not previously been published, then considering submitting your essay to the SLA contest.

Deadline June 30, 2018.

Specific guidelines are below:

  • Submit an original sole-author work based on your own research while in an undergraduate degree-granting program.
  • Submissions must be submitted no more than 2 years since they were written.
  • Submissions cannot be previously published or currently under review/submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Students may only win this award and recognition once. Past winners and honorable mentions may not submit revised papers or new papers for consideration.
  • Submit one document only.
  • Maximum 25 double-spaced pages [citations inclusive]

The first page of your essay should have this information:

  • Author’s college or university when the paper was written
  • Author’s current university, college, and/or place of employment
  • Author’s email address
  • Author’s name
  • Author’s undergraduate degree and date of degree
  • Name of the faculty instructor/advisor for the paper
  • The course that the paper was written for (if it was written for a course)
  • The date that the paper was written
  • Title of the paper


Deadline:  June 30, 2018

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