The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center announces this year’s essay prize contest and invites submissions. First Prize award is $1000. Entries must be submitted before July 30, 2011. This competition, initiated by a $1000 gift from Tom Peterson and augmented by Drs. Anna and Tom Janicki, was established to promote interest in psychoanalytic scholarship in northeast Ohio. The Janickis have graciously continued to fund the prize. It is awarded for the best psychoanalytically informed essay in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and the behavioral sciences, and is open to anyone regardless of institutional status or affiliation.
The essay should not be more than 30 pages in length, ready for publication, but should not have been published or submitted for publication. Applicants are requested to include their name on the cover letter only. Judges are blinded to authors’ names. The winning essay will be presented at a meeting of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, and we will support publication in a psychoanalytic journal such as American Imago or Psychoanalytic Study of the Child.
Last year’s winning essay was “Clinging to Love, Loving to Cling: Race and Sexuality in James Baldwin’s Another Country,” by Bryan Conn, Ph.D. His prize essay examines Baldwin’s exploration of the varieties of loving relationships that he saw in the post WWII period, focusing particularly on the racial and sexual orientation mixings. Psychoanalytic theoretical writings were used to help understand those connections.
The 2009 prize-winning essay was “The Lack of Sources: Or, What Reading Lacan Can Teach Us about Academic Writing” by T. Kenny Fountain, Ph.D.
The essays are judged blindly by the Prize Essay Committee – Drs. Scott Dowling, Murray Goldstone and Laura Hengehold. Entries are due July 30, 2011. Essays should be electronically submitted to: email@example.com with title: “Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center Essay Prize,” and with the author’s name left off the title page, but on the email.