south: a scholarly journal, the Department of American Studies and the University of North Carolina Press are pleased to announce our first annual Prize for Outstanding Graduate Scholarship, consistent with the themes explored in this journal. We encourage global and hemispheric comparative scholarship that is interdisciplinary and binds together many possible facets of “Southern” experience, thereby queering our understanding of what it means to be of “the south.” These essays might explore aspects of both the American South and other Souths, or the global cross-currents linking region, culture and identity. This presents an exciting opportunity to break the mold, and engage in new forms of scholarly and sometimes creative inquiry.
The prize for the best essay, as selected by our advisory board, will be $1,000 with the possibility of publication in the journal. There will also be a $500 award for the essay selected as an honorable mention. Submissions will be accepted through our online submissions manager from the date of this notice until April 1st of 2018. While there is no hard word count, we recommend submissions between 5,500 and 6,500 words in length.