The yearly call for essays is up! The deadline is September 1st, so you have all of this month to polish up some leftover schoolwork (if that’s how you wanna do it).
The intention of this contest is to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition.
The contest is open to librarians, library students, academics, and others.
Acceptable paper topics cover the full range of topics in the field of library and information studies, loosely defined.
Papers submitted may be unpublished, pending publication, or published in the year of the award.
Single and multiple-authored papers will be accepted.
Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical papers, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of a study.
Submitted papers may be part of a larger project.
The minimum length is 3000 words. The maximum length is 10,000 words.
Criteria for judgment:
- Clarity of writing
- Originality of thought
- Sincerity of effort at reaching something true
- Soundness of argumentation (where applicable)
- Relevance to our time and situation
The award shall consist of $1000 and a certificate suitable for framing.
Entries must be submitted in MS Word format by September 1st. Entries may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winning paper, and possibly a number of honorable mentions, are announced on November 1st.
Papers will be judged by a committee selected for their accomplishments in the field, and in order to represent a range of perspectives.
Although we are a publisher, submission of a paper for this award in itself does not imply any transfer, licensing, or sharing of your publication rights.