Students can pick one of these 3 topics. It may be possible to write an essay on each topic providing that your level of French is above average (at least DELF B1)
The names of the winners have been published here.
The essays selected for the 2020 edition will be published online by Wednesday, July 1, 2020 and in print on Friday, July 10, 2020. Paper and online copies of the Journal will be available for the members of the American Journal of French Studies (Membership).
1st place prize: $250 / 2nd place prize: $150 / 3rd place prize: $100 / 4th place prize: $50
TOPIC 1: TRANSPORTATION AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES: WHAT FUTURE?
For its 2020 edition, the American Journal of French Studies invites students to reflect on the future of transportation. Cars, trains, planes, boats, and smaller vehicles such as electric scooters create increasing challenges. They bring about debates about mobility, environment, safety, financing and social cohesion. How can technologies help tackle such challenges? How are transportation and new technologies intertwined? The Ford Model T was a small revolution in 1908. Hence, will companies such as Tesla and its Hyperloop help build our future? What are your hopes regarding the technological progresses that will be made in the field of transportation? We are looking for original essays written in French which, beyond a description of the future of transportation, also analyse what would be the social impacts of such technological changes.
TOPIC 2: WHY DID YOU START LEARNING FRENCH?
For its 2020 edition, the American Journal of French Studies invites students to reflect on a personal question: why did you start learning French? You may have some family members (parents, grandparents, etc.) who come from a francophone area. You may also have started learning French after being exposed to francophone actors, writers, musicians, painters or sculptors. Is there anyone or anything that sparked your interest in speaking and writing French? You may also have personal connections with francophone countries and cultures. Please explain in your essay why you are so passionate about the French language and your relationship with the people, places, history or anything that has triggered your curiosity. What does the French language represent for you? We are looking for original essays written in French that describe how you established a personal connection with the French language, and what has kept you motivated to learn it.
TOPIC 3: WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS?
For its 2020 edition, the American Journal of French Studies invites students to reflect on a personal question: how has your life changed since the beginning of the pandemic? You may have family members (parents, grandparents, etc.) whose lives have been changed by such a dramatic event. Please describe in your essay what your new routine is, how has your relationship with your family, relatives and friends changed. How will this health crisis impact your future? What do you think is going to happen? We are looking for original essays written in French that describe what your experience of the health crisis is so far and what future you envision for you and your family.
The American Journal of French Studies (AJFS) is pleased to announce that all the contributions accepted will be published. All formats are welcome: personal stories, academic papers, poems, theatre pieces, short novels, etc.
Essays should be:
Between 100 (minimum) and 1,000 words (maximum)
Sent by Sunday, April 19, 2020.
Read the guidelines below for the formatting of your paper