2011 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 21th annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking a language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize will be given in recognition of an innovative book that furthers this project. Eligible genres include ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories or poems. A $500 first-place, a $ 300.00 second place and $ 200.00 third-place prizes, for books published between April 2009 and April 2011, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal in November 2011.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2009 or 2010 and entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee. Submission fee: For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book.

1. Send one copy of each book for a total of three copies separately addressed to: Victor Turner Prize, c/oTracey Heatherington, Cornell University, Society for the Humanities, A.D. White House, 27 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853-1101; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Misty Bastian, Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003; Victor Turner Prize, c/o Regna Darnell, Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, N6A 5C2 Canada.

2. Submit the submission fee of $25 for current SHA members and $75 for nonmembers, with a check made out to the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member) with a cover letter addressed to Victor Turner Prize, c/o James M. Taggart (jim.taggart@fandm.edu), Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.

3. Include, in the cover letter accompanying the fee, four items of required information: (a) the book title and the publisher; (b) the author’s contact information including the mailing address, all telephone numbers and e-mail address; (c) the author’s biographical sketch (1-2 paragraphs) including the required highest degree awarded, in which discipline, and from which institution; (d) current affiliation (university or otherwise). Entrants may also include an optional short statement about intellectual training/orientation, and the circumstances surrounding the research/writing of the book. Biographical information will be used for presenting the winners and publicizing the results of the competition and will not be used for judging the quality of the entries.

The absolute deadline for submitting the required materials is May 1, 2011.

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