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
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, 2014. 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 Timothy Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominees not selected in the year of their original nomination are kept in consideration for two more reviews.