DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2018
Millions of people of African descent reside all over the world. While some of their experiences have been well documented, others have relegated to footnotes in the reels of history. Yet they have played an indelible role in the societies in which they live, shaping the laws, food, fashion, politics, religion and so much more. Through this essay competition, we will unveil these stories and bring them to a wider audience.
From the Roman army battalion of Moors at Hadrian’s Wall in third century AD to the Yoruba and Hausa slave uprising in Salvador in 19th century Brazil; African usurpers in the Bengal in 15th century India to the Afro-Brazilian slaves of Yoruba descent who settled in Ghana in the 19th century, we want to you to explore the influences and contribution of the African Diaspora to the world. Submissions can feature any era and be based on any of the sub-themes below:
History / Politics / Music / Dance / Drama / Slavery / Religion / Gender / Sport / War / Language / Literature / Science / Medicine / Education / Food / Fashion /Technology
Terms & Conditions
- The competition is only open to LSE undergrads and master’s students.
- Blogs should be between 600 and 1000 words and in the English language. Blogs that are over 1000 words will be disqualified from the competition.
- Submitted blogs should be an original piece of writing, not already published on any other platform.
- The competition opens on 1 October 2018 and closes at midnight on Friday 9 November 2018. All blogs should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and accompanied by your name and degree programme at LSE.
- The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa will compile a shortlist on 10 blogs with the judging panel choosing the winner and two runners-up. All shortlisted blogs will be published on the Africa at LSE blog.
- The judging panel, which will be made up of three individuals, will assess submissions and select a winner based on the following criteria: originality (25%), creativity (25%), use of language (25%), and appropriateness to the theme of the contest (25%)
- The winner and runners-up of the competition will be announced no later than 28 February 2019, with a formal acknowledgement/presentation made at the 2019 LSE Africa Summit.
- The competition organisers reserve the right to expand or reduce the number of shortlisted articles depending on the quality of submissions.
- The Africa at LSE blog reserves the right to undertake the editing of shortlisted articles ahead of publication, make any cuts, editing and reproduction necessary.
- The Africa at LSE blog reserves the right to work with non-shortlisted authors to develop their pieces for publication on the Africa at LSE blog.
The winner of the competition will receive a £50 voucher. Two runners-up will each receive a £25 voucher. All shortlisted writers will receive a free ticket for the 2019 LSE Africa Summit.