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15th Award “Casa África Essay”

For the 15th consecutive year, Casa África announces its Essay Prize on African themes with the aim of recognising, encouraging and disseminating original and unpublished essays that contribute to a better knowledge of the African continent.

The theme chosen for this year's edition is intra-African immigration.

The vast majority of African mobility takes place between the borders of the African continent itself. Although many people associate the term migrations with citizens of the neighbouring continent and an irregular, dramatic arrival in Europe, in precarious boats or by jumping the fences of Ceuta or Melilla, African citizens usually prefer to move within their own countries, normally in circular migration processes in the heat of labour and economic opportunities.

For all of these reasons, this year the Casa África Essay Prize has decided to focus on this subject and invites academics and experts to submit their proposals.

This call is open to any natural person over the age of 18 of any nationality and resident in any country who has no work and/or professional relationship with Casa África, nor any of the institutions that make it up (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, Government of the Canary Islands and the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). The winners of previous calls for proposals are also not eligible to participate. 

As in previous editions, only one essay per author will be accepted, although the same essay may be signed by several authors.

The winning work will be published in our Essay Prize Collection and a prize of 2,000 euros will also be awarded, subject to Spanish tax legislation in force at the time of payment, regardless of the country of tax residence of the winning author(s).

Conditions that essays must meet:

  • Essays must be original, unpublished and they must not have won any prizes or be pending the fi nal ruling in other events or competitions. Participants must guarantee that there are no third-party rights over the essays presented, and they shall be liable for all and any claims that may arise in this respect.
  • The essays may be presented in any of the following languages: Spanish, English, French or Portuguese.
  • The essay cannot be less than 15,000 or more than 20,000 words, (including footnotes, but excluding bibliography at the end of the essay), and they must be written in Word Arial 12 Format and double spaced.
  • Essays must be presented unsigned and they will only be identifi ed by the title of the work and whatever pseudonym each author may decide to use. Both the title of the essay and the pseudonym must appear on every page of the essay and pages must be numbered. Any signed essays will not be accepted for the competition.

To participate, it is essential to fill in this application form.

The submission of the essays may be made in any of the places established in article 16.4 of Law 39/2015, of 1 October, on the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations, that is to say:

  1. In the electronic register of any Public Administration. Here is the link to the General Electronic Register of the General State Administration (Explorer navigator recommended).
  2. At post offices.
  3. At Spanish diplomatic representations or consular offices abroad.
  4. At registry assistance offices.

The deadline for participation is 2 February to 2 May 2024 at 2 p.m. (GMT+0).

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