George Watt Essay Prize 2017 - Spanish Civil War

Publish Date: Mar 23, 2017

Deadline: Jul 01, 2017

George Watt Prize, 2017

This annual essay competition was established in 1998 to honor Lincoln vet George Watt, a writer and lifelong activist central to the creation of ALBA.

Students from anywhere in the world are invited to submit an essay or thesis chapter about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in 1920s and 1930s, or the lifetime histories and contributions of the international volunteers who fought in support of the Spanish Republic from 1936 to 1938. The recipient will receive a $250 award.

Work will be judged on the basis of originality, quality of research, and effectiveness of argument or presentation.

The George Watt Prize is awarded in three categories:

Graduate Award

Please note the following contest guidelines:

•  Submissions must be between 3,500 and 12,500 words;
•  Submissions may be in Spanish or English;
•  The Applicant must currently be registered as a graduate student and work must be related to graduate studies. 
•  Any work produced since August 1, 2015 is eligible for the competition.
•  Deadline: July 1, 2017

Undergraduate Award

Please note the following contest guidelines:

•  Essays must be between 2,000 and 10,500 words;
•  Submissions may be in Spanish or English;
• Submissions must have been produced to fulfill an undergraduate course or degree requirement (please specify course, degree, and institution; for thesis chapters, please add a thesis abstract).
•  Any work produced since August 1, 2015 is eligible for the competition.
•  Deadline: July 1, 2017

Pre-Collegiate Award

The Pre-Collegiate Award is open to all high school students. In addition to inviting high school students to enter submissions, we also encourage educators (and, in particular, alumni of our workshops) to submit their students’ work. Submissions are accepted in both English and Spanish, and both individual and group work is accepted as well.

The student recipient(s) of the Award will receive a $250 prize, and the teacher will receive recognition in both the print and digital editions of our quarterly journal The Volunteer.

Academic, non-fiction, and fiction writing are all accepted. Poetry submissions are also accepted. No minimum page length, maximum length is 25 pages. All submissions must be in .doc or .pdf file format. Deadline: July 1, 2017

ALBA’s Executive Committee appoints the jury. Award winners will be announced at the end of September, 2016. Winning essays are published on the ALBA website and an excerpt of the entry is published in ALBA's quarterly magazine, The Volunteer.

If any submission commits plagiarism or violates copyright, the author of the essay is solely responsible for the act(s).  ALBA will NOT take any responsibility in case of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement.  If ALBA receives any concrete evidence of plagiarism and/or copyright violation after a winner is selected, then the prize shall be returned to ALBA and we will remove that work from our website.

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