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Manuscript Competition

penICI seeks significant, original manuscripts that enrich and develop research in fields related to the study of the African Diaspora.  Only untenured professors and independent scholars in the relevant fields are eligible for the competition.  The candidate may submit a manuscript on a single, cohesive topic or a series of linked essays in either the Humanities or the Social Sciences. 

Submissions will be evaluated by senior professors in various fields of African Diasporic studies.  The competition will be held every other year, and the winners will be announced in the fall of the year that the symposium is held.  Both the competition and the symposium will now be held on a biennial basis.

Winners of the two prizes - the Anna Julia Cooper Prize in the Humanities and the Ida B. Wells Prize in the Social Sciences - will each receive $1500 and the opportunity for a book contract.

There is no page or word limit, but the manuscript must be written in English.

Goals of the Competition

• Expand the study of the global African Diaspora in the areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences

• Bridge the gap between new faculty entering the world of academia in this field and those who have reached tenure

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2015 Manuscript Competition

Important Dates:

December 31, 2013 - February 15, 2014: Open call for applications to the 2015 ICI Book Competition

April 1, 2014: Candidates notified if they are invited to submit a full manuscript

April 1, 2014-May 1, 2014: Manuscript submissions. The full manuscript is due. All submissions must be exclusive to ICI.

May 2, 2014 - September 1, 2014: Round 1, manuscript evaluations

September 2, 2014 - March 1, 2015: Round 2, manuscript evaluations

Spring 2015:  Prize winners will be announced.

Fall 2015: Fall Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee. Program TBA.

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