Books-Sciences Po Book review award 2019

Call for submissions

Now in its sixth year, this award presented by Sciences Po and the magazine Books is open to undergraduate students from all campuses, including students who are currently abroad for their 3rd year of studies as well as exchange students.

Presided by a distinguished panel of judges, the award is attributed to a review of a recent book from the field of social sciences. The chosen work must have been published in a language other than French (and not yet translated into French).

Inspired by the concepts of the Courrier International and the New York Review of Books, the monthly magazine Books publishes reviews of books from all over the world.

Two prizes are to be won, one for the best article written in English, the other for the best article in French. The articles should take the form of essays of around 2 000 words, proposing a critical analysis inspired by the chosen work, based on the example of articles previously published in Books. By “social sciences”, we mean the five core disciplines taught in Sciences Po’s Undergraduate programme: history, law, economics, sociology and political science. The chosen work could be a book by a writer, an academic or a journalist.

It should have been published during the last two years (2018 and 2019), in any language other than French.

The two prize-winners will each be awarded 1,000 euros. Their articles will be published in Books and they will be offered a part-time internship of 1 to 3 months in the editorial offices of the magazine. A special distinction will be given to the other best submissions. The two prize-winners and the other selected authors will each receive a year’s subscription to Books.

Articles should be sent to by 3 December 2019.

The prizes will be awarded in an official ceremony at Sciences Po in spring 2020. A keynote speakerwill be invited to give a lecture to mark the occasion and the event will be followed by a cocktail.

Members of the panel

President: Sudhir Hazareesingh is Tutorial fellow in Politics at Balliol College (Oxford).

Members (among others):

  • Celestine Bohlen is a columnist for the International New York Times and teaches journalism at Sciences Po.
  • Sylvain Cypel is a former New York correspondent for Le Monde.
  • Monique Dagnaud is Research director at the Social movements research centre of the EHESS.
  • Gil Delannoi is Research director in political thought and the history of ideas at the CEVIPOF research centre.
  • Pierre Jacquet is President of the Global Development Network (New Delhi).
  • Vincent Martigny is associate researcher at the CEVIPOF research centre at Sciences Po and teaches at Sciences Po.
  • Pap Ndiaye is Professor of North American history at Sciences Po.
  • Olivier Postel-Vinay is Director of the magazine Books.
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