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Call for Submissions: 2021 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize for Scholarly Work

The Aidoo-Snyder book prize is awarded by the Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association for an outstanding book that prioritizes African women's experiences. Named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short story writer, and Margaret Snyder the founding Director of UNIFEM, this $500 prize seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship and creative work being produced by women about African women. In alternate years, the prize is awarded for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work.

The 2021 Aidoo-Snyder scholarly book prize will be given for the best original scholarly work written by a woman (or women) that prioritizes African women’s experience. To this end, the committee invites nominations from publishers or authors. Self-published books are not eligible, and entries may only be submitted for consideration once. The prize is open to authors who have published books in English and English translation in the two years preceding the award year. The books must significantly deal with Africa (including Cape Verde, and the Islands off the West Coast of Africa; Madagascar; and the Indian Ocean Islands of the East African Coast).

To nominate a publication, please send both a hard and e-copy of the book and application to each member of the committee (see application form). All nominations must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2021. The winner will be notified in mid-September and included in the program for the virtual African Studies Association annual meeting in November 2021.

2021 Committee Members

Institute of Gender Research and Documentation (INGRADOC)

Fourah Bay College

University of Sierra Leone 

Professor of Political Science and International Relations

University of Delaware

Dr. Rhiannon Stephens

Associate Professor of History

Columbia University