Student contest: 2021 Babel Young Writers' Competition

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Tristan Miller

Mar 30, 2021, 8:32:03 AM3/30/21
Dear all,

Below is a call for submissions to our annual contest for student
writers. (Cross-posted to as contributions from
undergraduate students of computational linguistics are also most welcome.)

Tristan Miller
Babel Advisory Panel


This year, Babel: The Language Magazine <> will
be running the eighth edition of our Young Writers' Competition, which
encourages young linguists who are starting out on their study of language.

The competition is open to all linguistics students in further and
higher education (i.e., at sixth-form, college or university). If you
are a keen Babel reader and language lover, get writing to be in with a
chance of getting yourself published -- as well as a year's subscription
to Babel!

Keep an eye on @Babelzine on Twitter for inspiration from previous
winners on topics ranging from sign language to spoonerisms, and from
language birth to language death.

The winners will be announced in October 2021. Good luck!

Individual and group prizes

We will publish two winners in our November 2021 issue -- one by an
individual young linguist, and one by a group of young writers. This new
option to submit as a team recognises the importance of group study in

This issue's theme: Attitudes to languages

We want to hear about your views about and experiences of attitudes to
language. Have you found that your use of certain words winds up older
speakers? Has moving to university made you aware of varying perceptions
to do with accent and dialect?


Deadline: Friday 27 August 2021

Length: Entries must be no more than 2,500 words.

Topic: Entries can be about any topic that to do with languages and
linguistics -- the important thing is that the article is accessible and
interesting for Babel readers.

Format: Entries should be clearly presented in a Word file, with images
submitted as separate JPEGs.

Submission: Entries should be emailed to with the title "Young Writer's

Dr.-Ing. Tristan Miller, Research Scientist
Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI)
Freyung 6/3, 1010 Vienna, Austria | Tel: +43 1 5324621 3 |
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