Student Writing Award Now Open

2023 SHA Presidents Awards for Student Writing

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces our competition for student writing, the 2023 SHA Presidents Award for Graduate Student Writing, and the 2023 SHA Presidents Award for Undergraduate Student Writing, and invites submissions in both categories.

Submissions from graduate students must be a paper delivered at an academic conference. Undergraduate submissions need not be conference papers. A committee drawn from current, past, and incoming SHA Presidents will judge the papers on originality, creativity, clarity of writing, and most importantly, contribution to humanistic anthropology. We are interested in the extent to which the papers explore what anthropology reveals about being human, capture the ways in which people create and/or transform meaning in various contexts, address the relationships between researcher and subjects, challenge conventional academic writing through alternative literary genres, and make anthropology accessible to the general public.

Papers should be 7-10 pages in length (double-spaced and in 12-pt font, excluding references), and should be submitted electronically. Papers should be accompanied by a brief cover letter, including academic affiliation, year in program of study, contact information, the category of submission (undergraduate or graduate), and relevant details about the paper (at which conference it was presented, if applicable, or for what course it was written).

Papers already published or accepted for publication at the time of submission are not eligible. You need not be a member of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology to submit a paper, but we encourage students to join and participate in the Society. Any student currently enrolled in any accredited college or university in any nation is eligible for these prizes. Limit one submission per student. Submissions must be received no later than 15 October 2023.

The author of the winning paper in each category will receive an award certificate and $100 prize. Winners will be announced in the SHA column in Anthropology News and will be invited to read at our awards sessions at the AAA meeting in November, where the awards will be presented.

Please send submissions and questions to: Erik Aasland at

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