The 2018 E-IR Article Award ($1000 Prize)

Announcing the 2018 E-International Relations Article Award.
In association with Routledge, Hurst, Zed and I.B. Tauris.

E-International Relations invites PhD / doctoral students and early career academics to prepare short papers outlining novel, or under appreciated, ideas that will contribute to a better understanding of international relations. The award welcomes papers on the widest range of topics imaginable, so long as they connect their subject matter to at least one of the bigger global or regional issues/debates – ideally with the aim of sparking debate that will contribute towards real-world outcomes. We welcome empirical, political and diplomatic issues that impact upon global or regional politics, as well as papers that discuss theoretical and disciplinary issues in an accessible way. Papers must be concise, written to engage any informed reader – including non-specialists. As the purpose of this award is to communicate new ideas and interpretations to the widest possible audience, entrants must avoid writing in an abstract or jargon-laden academic style. Papers that arrive dense with citations and dependent on jargon and complex terminology will not be considered. The criteria we have placed on the award (see below) will assist entrants in writing in a suitable way for the award. The entry criteria (see below) will assist entrants in writing in a suitable way.


The shortlisted papers will be published on E-International Relations and promoted across all our social media channels to allow the ideas expressed to reach a wide audience. From the shortlisted candidates, one winner will be awarded and given a prize of $1000 (USD) in book tokens from our sponsors at Routledge, I.B. Tauris, Zed and Hurst. Three runner up prizes of $125 (USD) in book tokens will also be awarded, courtesy of Routledge.


1) All applicants must be enrolled as a PhD / doctoral candidate or be an early-career academic who has been awarded their PhD after 1 January 2015.

2) Papers must be between 3000-4500 words, including references and bibliography. As references are included in the word count, keep referencing and quotation to a minimum. Where references are needed, use the author-date system (Chicago style – see author date tab) with a references list. You are welcome to embed hyperlinks in addition to (or instead of) using academic references.

3) You must write in a direct way to maximise the impact of your piece on the reader and allow your ideas to emerge.

4) You must format your article as follows:

– Give your article a catchy title that clearly describes the content. It must be 80 characters or less.
– Use headings to signpost. Bold-set and left align them. Italicise any subheadings (if used).
– Do not indent the start of paragraphs. Leave one clear line of space between each paragraph.
– Images, figures, and tables are forbidden. Communicate with a direct and engaging narrative.
– You may write in British or American English – so long as you use either variant consistently.


To enter, please prepare your article in one Microsoft word format (.docx) attachment. It must have a cover page containing the title of your article and a short biography (containing affiliation, summary of academic qualifications/status and past publications). Email it to You must clearly title your email ‘Article Award Entry’.

Papers must be received by 10 September 2018. We will inform all entrants of our decision during the month of October.

You should also know

There are no charges, or any hidden costs, for any aspect of entering the award. Our Publishing Agreement is available here. Copyright remains with you, the author.

Previous Winner

The winner of the 2017 award was Pernilla Johansson, a fourth-year PhD-candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

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