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2021 Call For Short Papers

Concours d'écriture 2021: DOWNLOAD the PDF

 

  • 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 (DELF B1)

  • The names of the winners will be published here.

  • The essays selected for the 2021 edition will be published in May 2021. Paper and online copies of the 2020 edition will be available soon for the members of the American Journal of French Studies (Membership).

  • University: 1st place prize:  $300 / 2nd place prize : $150 / 3rd place prize : 1-year free subscription to TV5 Monde / 4th -20th: nominations

  • High School: 1st place prize: $200 / 2nd place prize : $100 / 3rd place prize : 1-year free subscription to TV5 Monde / 4th -20th: nominations

TOPIC 1: WHAT SOCIAL ISSUES DO YOU CARE ABOUT?

 

For its 2021 edition, the American Journal of French Studies invites students to reflect on a personal question: what social issues are you most passionate about? Do you engage with these issues in your daily life? Would you like to share your personal experience and help others to reflect on such issues? Many social issues still need to be resolved, and you can be a catalyst of change by writing and laying out your thoughts to help our readers better understand the extent of one of these problems: smoking, drug and alcohol abuse ; prostitution ; poverty, homelessness, emotional and mental health, healthy relationships ; social anxiety ; childhood obesity ; privacy and big data ; wars and the right to interfere ; race, education and affirmative action ; cancers, serious illnesses, and right to healthcare. These are only a few of the topics we invite you to pursue to highlight the concerns you may have, as well as to offer tangible solutions to resolve them. We are looking for original essays written in French.

 

TOPIC 2: WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS?

 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has upended people’s lives all over the world. As you reflect on your experiences since the beginning of this crisis, what are some of the major changes that have been brought to your life, family, and/or worldview? 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.) or friends whose lives have been changed by this dramatic event. Please describe in your essay how your life and theirs have evolved. Do you have a new routine? How has your relationship with your family, relatives and friends changed? How does this health crisis impact your academic or professional journey? We are looking for original essays written in French that describe what your experience of the health crisis has been so far, and what future you envision for yourself and your family. We are looking for original essays written in French.

 

TOPIC 3: WHY DID YOU START LEARNING FRENCH?

 

For its 2021 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.
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 200 (minimum) and 1000 words (maximum)
  • Submitted with the form below or to the following email address: editor@american-journal-of-french-studies.com
  • Sent by Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • Preceded by the following information: ‘Name (first, last)’
  • Preceded by the name of your school or university and graduation year
  • Read the guidelines below for the formatting of your paper

Submit Your Essay

Please follow the submission guidelines below.

1. Author’s information

When submitting feature articles, authors should include the following information at the top of their contribution:

  • the name of their school or university
  • their graduation year
  • the title of their contribution

2. Content

We are looking for original contributions written in French which could help others to pursue their personal, professional and academic endeavors.

We also encourage authors to provide illustrations and photographs (including captions) with the submitted article.

All manuscripts must be the author’s original work and should not infringe upon any contract rights or agreements.

3. Style

Please submit your articles using Microsoft Word formatting. Do not indent or justify your paragraphs.

  • Font: Arial
  • Font size: 12
  • Line spacing: 2.0

4. Word Length

Manuscripts must range from 200 to 1,000 words.

5. Submission process

Update: due to the large number of submissions, we recommend you to submit your article as an attachment by sending it to editor@american-journal-of-french-studies.com.

Submission form