Call for Submissions: 2018 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking an accessible language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the competition recognizes the innovative books that further this project.

AWARD: A $1,000 first-place, a $500 second place and a $250 third-place prize will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, California, November 14-18, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible genres include single and co-authored ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories, or poems. Book publication year must be no earlier than 2016. Books may be entered into the competition by authors, publishers, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2016-2017 entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee. 

The deadline for receipt of all required materials is May 1, 2018. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Julia Offen, prize coordinator, at

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