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Call for Nominations: African Literature Association (ALA) Awards Announcement 2017, Deadline: 1 September 2016

The African Literature Association is currently accepting nominations for the following awards. Please note the deadlines and the specified individual to whom and all nominations and materials should be addressed. The awards will be presented at the ALA 43rd Annual Meeting and Conference, June 2017, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.

Graduate Student Best Essay Award (Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2016)
For an outstanding paper in African literary studies by a graduate student. Authors must be current members of the ALA. The paper must have been presented at the preceding ALA conference (i.e. in 2016). (The expectation is that authors have had the benefit of comments at the conference and have revised the paper).

Send the following by email to: Marie Kruger (
(1) the paper and an abstract, in Word document, with no name or any other identifying mark anywhere;
(2) a pdf file of the 2016 ALA conference Program…

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