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George Watt Memorial Essay Contest Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) invites college undergraduate and graduate students from the United States and elsewhere to submit an essay or thesis about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in the 1920s or 30s, or the lifetime histories and contributions of the Americans who fought in support of the Spanish Republic from 1936 to 1938.

ALBA was founded by the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB) in 1979 and is a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to the preservation and the dissemination of the history of the North American role in the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath. It is responsible for overseeing a major archive at the New York Tamiment Library and supports cultural and educational activities that are related to the Spanish Civil War and its historical, political, artistic, and biographical legacies. The organization’s governing board is comprised of writers, film makers, university professors, and cultural workers who are from the United States and Europe.

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Award Information:

Amount: $250
Number of Scholarship Awards: 2 (One for an undergraduate and another for a graduate student)
Deadline: August 1 (Deadlines may vary from year to year)
GPA: This contest does not have a minimum GPA requirement
Major: Check the official website for more information
Eligible Students: Undergraduate and graduate students who are United States citizens or permanent residents.
Application Process:
Interested students are required to submit their applications by email to [email protected], subject line: “Watt Prize 2014”. All submissions must include a cover page with the applicant’s name, address, email address, and phone number.

Submission Guidelines:

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Applicants must note the following guidelines in submitting their work for this contest:
– All submissions must be between 3,500 to 7,000 words;
– All submissions may be in either Spanish or English;
– All submissions must have been produced in order to fulfill and undergraduate or graduate course or degree requirements. You’ll need to specify your course, degree, and institution; for thesis chapters, please include a thesis abstract;
– All submissions must be in MS Word or PDF format;
– Any work produced since January 2013 may be submitted for the competition.

Selection Criteria:

All submitted works will be judged by a selected jury based on the following criteria:
• Originality
• Quality or research
• Effectiveness of argument or presentation

The ALBA Executive Committee will appoint the jury to evaluate the applications. The award winners will be announced at the end of September. The winning essays will be published on the ALBA website and an excerpt will be published in ALBA’s quarterly magazine, THE Volunteer.

Note: If ALBA receives any concrete evidence of plagiarism and/or copyright violation against the winners, then the prize money will be returned to ALBA and will remove the published essays/theses from the website. If any submission commits plagiarism and/or violates copyright laws, the author of the essay/thesis will be held solely responsible for the act(s).

Contact Information:

Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives
799 Broadway, Suite 341
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 674-5398
Fax: (212) 674-2101
Email: [email protected]

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