The graduate paper competition is now closed. 


As part of the SLA 2020 Fall Conference the CLASP Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to announce a call for papers for a graduate student paper competition. The winner of the competition will be recognized and granted a plenary spot on the SLA 2020 conference program. We welcome submissions in all fields and disciplines where culture, language, and social practice research may be relevant, including papers in anthropology, communication, discourse studies, education, linguistics, and media studies, among others. Submissions of up to 8,000 words (excluding references) should be sent by December 16th to

  • Current graduate student (masters or PhD level).
  • Registered participant for the SLA 2020 Fall Conference in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Submit abstract of paper via the SLA submission portal.
  • Email full paper of up to 8,000 words, excluding references, to
    • Paper should address this year’s SLA 2020 conference theme.
    • Paper submissions must be unpublished at the time the conference takes place. 
    • Must be single authored.
    • Paper should be formatted using general APA guidelines.
  • In addition to your paper submission, please submit:
    • Proof of student registration for the SLA 2020 Fall Conference
    • CV
    • Short bio (200 words)

Please email your paper and supporting documents to with the subject line "Graduate Student Paper Competition" by 16 December, 2019. The paper itself should be attached in Microsoft Word (.doc) or PDF format and should contain NO information identifying the author of the paper.

The planning committee reserves the right to not designate a winner and student plenary spot for this year's conference should it fail to find applicants who fulfill the above qualifications.

Please note that you must also register and submit your abstract to the regular conference proposal system. However, should you win the graduate student paper competition, you will receive a spot as a plenary speaker instead of having your paper placed on a panel. If your paper abstract is accepted by the conference program committee but does not win the paper competition, your placement on the program will follow the regular program planning guidelines.