|Zora Neale Hurston Prize|
This prize of $100 is named for the pioneering folklorist, ethnographer, and creative writer who lived from 1891 to 1960, worked in and wrote extensively about African American communities throughout the southern U.S., and is internationally known for her folklore collection Mules and Men (1935) and her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), as well as other notable works. The prize is given to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best work in any medium—including but not limited to papers, films, sound recordings, or exhibitions—on African American folklore.
Works submitted for prize consideration do not have to be about Hurston herself. One of the past prize-winning works was a graduate research paper that resulted in a thesis, another was a course paper written by a graduate student and later published as an article in the journal Southern Folklore, and the most recent was an ethnography project conducted by an undergraduate student for a senior seminar course.
The next deadline for nominations is August 31, 2016. To submit an application for the prize, please send (as a single PDF) a cover letter and your paper, attached to an email, to AFS Executive Director Tim Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominees not selected in the year of their original nomination are kept in consideration for two more reviews.
Past Zora Neale Hurston Prize Recipients:
The Hurston Prize was not awarded in 1999.
Patrick A. Polk, University of California, Los Angeles, for his article "Other Books, Other Powers: The 6th and 7th Books of Moses in Afro-Atlantic Folk Belief" (2000)
Quan Lateef, Howard University, for her paper "The Rap That Binds: The Evolution of Hop Hop" (2004)
Scott Edmondson, University of California, Los Angeles, for his film "I Seen and I Know": Testimony From a Los Angeles Storefront (2005)
The Hurston Prize was not awarded in 2006.
Tracy Carpenter, The Ohio State University, for her paper "The Construction of the Crack Mother Icon" (2007)
Aron Myers, Florida State University, for his documentary, soundtrack, and curriculum guide The Life and Times of Zora Neale Hurston (2008)
Jelani Mahiri, University of California, Berkeley, for his paper "Slavery, Inequality and Informal Work: A Genealogical Investigation of Occupational Folklore in Brazil" (2009)
Sheila Bock, The Ohio State University, for "’Grappling to Think Clearly’: Vernacular Theorizing in Robbie McCauley’s Sugar” (2010)
Vincent Joos, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for his paper "The Natchez Fire: A Profile of African American Remembrance in a Small Mississippi Town” (2011)
Kate Parker Horigan, The Ohio State University, for her paper "Unofficial Histories in Katrina Survivor Narratives” (2012)