2017 Annual Meeting, Nov 18-21

Join your colleagues in Boston for the 2017 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings. Regular rates end November 16.

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Travel Visa Statement

Read this important update on travel visas for this year's Annual Meeting.

2018 Regional Meetings

The following Calls for Papers are open:

Deadline: December 15

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 19

Rocky Mountain-Great Plains
Deadline: October 27

Southwest (SWCRS)
Deadline extended: October 23

Upper Midwest
Deadline: January 6


Award for Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion

Contest Rules

Deadline: February 28.

Award: First place $1,000; second place $500; third place $250. (Second and third place awarded at discretion of judges.)


  • News articles, columns, editorials, and other opinion writing in print media of any size or in Web-based media.
  • Three to five articles published during the previous calendar year, January 1 through December 31. Not less than three articles and not more than five may be submitted per entry.
  • Any topic related to religion.
  • Writing should include a historical, explanatory, or contextual approach to the subject matter, using research or perspectives of scholars.
  • Writing for general audiences preferred.
  • Writing on a diversity of topics (across traditions or within a single tradition) preferred.
  • You should be the sole author, except that one of the articles may have multiple bylines or credits, provided that you identify the article and state that you did most of the writing.
  • Non-English language articles, including those published outside North America, acceptable if translated into English. Copies of original articles must be included with submission.
  • Sidebars acceptable as part of an article or may be entered as a separate article.
  • Articles from a series acceptable, though other eligibility items should be considered: not less than three and not more than five articles per entry, and writing on a diversity of topics preferred.

Entry fee: (USD) $25 per entry.

Judges: Current and former journalists, plus a representative from the AAR’s Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion, which oversees the contest.

Online Entry Form

To submit your entry, please complete the Online Entry Form (closed for 2017 contest) by February 28. Online submissions only; mailed submissions are not accepted.

  • Create one document (Word, PDF, or text file) for all of your articles.
  • Remove all identifiers from articles — bylines, photo credits, publication names, etc. — except headlines and dates published.
  • Upload the one document (Word, PDF, or text file) containing all the articles in your submission. Online Entry Form
  • Pay $25 (USD) by credit card: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Contest questions: Susan Snider at