2011 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

JUDGES: Renato Rosaldo, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Lorraine Healy

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.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting
of the American Anthropological Association in Fall 2011, and will be published
in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The winner(s) will receive
a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2011.

Non-Members Entry Fee: $10.00

Members of the American Anthropological Association do not have to submit an entry fee. Others must submit a check for $ 10 made out to the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.

Submission Information

  • Poems must be typed.
  • $10 Check to Society for Humanistic Anthropology (Non-AAA Members only)
  • Poems must be typed.
  • Submit up to three (3) poems. One entry per person.
  • Do not put the author’s name on the poems because the judges prefer to read them blind.
  • A cover letter with a 3-to 4-line bio, title(s) of the work(s) submitted, and your name, institutional and home mailing addresses, phone number, and email address.
  • Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) for contest results (Outside the U.S., email notification only). Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Please send submissions to:
    Renato Rosaldo, SHA Poetry
    Department of Anthropology
    25 Waverly Place
    New York, NY 10003

Electronic or faxed submissions will not be accepted except by request from
ethnographic poets working outside the U.S. and Canada.

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