Call for Papers: American Journal of Cultural Sociology Graduate Student Paper Competition

The editors of the American Journal of Cultural Sociology are pleased to announce our first-ever annual graduate student paper competition. Over the years, the AJCS has been particularly hospitable to new scholars and we have been pleased to publish some breakout works. We are proposing an annual competition. The winning paper will be published in AJCS and the author(s) will receive a prize of $500. We also hope to award two honorable mention prizes to submissions that will be published in the AJCS as well.

We welcome submissions centered on meaning-centered sociology that aim to conceptualize the cultural foundations of social institutions and processes, including inequality, racism and marginality, gender and sexuality, crime and punishment, social movements, market success, and citizen incorporation.

A prize jury drawn from AJCS editorial board members will select a small number of finalists, who will then be invited to submit their papers to AJCS for standard peer review via the online submission system. The winners will be decided after the peer review process is completed. Publication in the AJCS of the winner or runners up is contingent on clearing the regular blind peer review process.

Entries will be accepted starting April 11, 2022 and must be received by June 6, 2022. The winner will be announced no later than November 6, 2022.

Please send your article as a Microsoft Word document to Indicate that (1) you are submitting your article to the graduate student paper competition, (2) you are currently a PhD student, and (3) your article is not currently under review by any other journal for publication. Please do not submit more than one article for consideration.

In your submission, please include a title page with your contact information as well as an abstract. There is no word limit.

Questions about the competition may be directed to