Manuscript Competition on the African Diaspora

Issues in Critical Investigation (ICI)is pleased to announce our inaugural competition for the two best unpublished, single-authored manuscripts or manuscripts of linked essays.

The 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 $3,000 and the option for a book contract with Vanderbilt University Press.

Each manuscript must be written by an untenured professor on the general topic of the global African Diaspora and produced in any field of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Manuscripts will be read and closely evaluated by senior professors in the relevant fields and the winners announced each spring.

In the fall, an annual conference will convene at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. when winners and finalists will present seminars on their topics.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: African, African-American or African-Canadian studies, Anthropology, Atlantic African slave trade, Black European studies, Black popular culture, Caribbean studies, Cinema and film studies, Economics, Education, Ethics, Latin-American studies, Media Philosophy, Religion, and War and peace.

All submissions must be emailed to:, with the subject line "Submission.” Do NOT send full manuscripts at this time.

Include the following:

  • Cover letter

  • CV

  • Proposal with a prospectus and book outline

    All submissions must be exclusive submissions to ICI for the duration of the contest.

    Submissions are accepted between June 1 - 30

    For more information and application, visit: Manuscript Competition on the African Diaspora

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