2018 Call for Papers
The Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship is open for submissions as of October 1, 2017.
There is a $1,000 monetary award. The awarded paper will be delivered at the SBL Annual Meeting with a panel discussion. No one may receive this award more than once.
Qualifications for Submission
Any SBL member who has received a Ph.D. or Th.D. in biblical studies or a related field since 2007 may submit a paper. This paper should be of publishable quality. It must not have been previously published or accepted for publication; however, a paper may be submitted that is under review by a journal or other academic press if a decision to publish has not been reached at the time of submission. If the paper was delivered at an annual or international SBL meeting, it must exhibit significant revision, as demonstrated by submission of both the original draft and the revision.
1. Intention to submit a paper for the award must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than 10 January 2018
. Please indicate in the subject line of all correspondence the last name of the applicant. All of the contact information for the individual, including SBL membership number, should be included in the email. If the tentative title for a paper is available, please indicate it. Include a current copy of your academic CV in PDF format. Name that file with the first and last name of the applicant. Please be certain that the date of the CV is indicated.
2. Applicants must submit no later than midnight (GMT -5) on 1 March 2018:
a. A paper, in English, of no more than 10,000 words including footnotes, and doubled-spaced. A bibliography is not required. If your paper is over the 10,000 word limit it will be automatically disqualified;
b. The paper should be formatted as a PDF and submitted anonymously, that is, an author’s name should not appear after the paper’s title or in any heading; neither should any reference be made to the author within the paper in a manner that would reveal the author’s identity.
Failure to follow all submission requirements will result in a paper’s automatic disqualification
Applicants should consult the SBL Handbook of Style. The subject of the paper is open, but it must advance some dimension of New Testament scholarship. The paper will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria:
1. A persuasive thesis that engages the New Testament and demonstrates quality of scholarship and significance to the field;
2. Clarity of expression and thought;
3. Originality and creativity.