Society for Psychological Anthropology

2023 SPA Condon Prize: Call for Submissions

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and a one year membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript. 

The prize is named for the late Richard G. Condon, whose work included the study of adolescence, family, and change among the Canadian Inuit. Psychological anthropology is defined broadly to include interrelationships among psychological, social and cultural phenomena. Essays will be judged on their relevance to psychological anthropology, organization and clarity, and their theoretical and methodological strengths. The author must have been an undergraduate or graduate student during academic year 2022-2023. The author need not be a current member of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winner will be recognized at the SPA Business Meeting at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in November.

Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:

  • Submissions must not be published in any form, or currently under review for publication in any outlet in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Submissions must not exceed 9,000 words inclusive of all references, endnotes and acknowledgements.
  • Submissions must be formatted according to the American Anthropological Association style guide.
  • Submissions must reflect the primary work of the student submitting the entry. If a paper has been authored by multiple authors, student status of all authors must be clearly stated, and contribution effort documented in detail.
  • Submitted papers must be emailed as a single Microsoft Word document to the Chair of the committee, Whitney Duncan, at by June 1, 2023.

To submit, in the email to Dr. Duncan:

  • Subject line of the email should read “Condon Prize Submission.”
  • In the body of the email, provide the author’s name, permanent (not institutional) mailing

address, email address, student affiliation (university and department), and the title of

the paper that is attached. 

  • Confirm student status in the body of the email and provide an estimated date of


  • Ensure that no evidence of the author’s identity is evident in any way in the text of the

Word document or by reference in the paper. 

Questions? Please direct all questions via email to Dr. Duncan ( and/or Dr. Sonya Pritzker, SPA Secretary (