The Clark Award

YOU ARE INVITED TO COMPETE FOR 
THE 2019 ALBERT CLARK AWARD
FOR THE BEST PAPERS IN
RELIGIOUS STUDIES OR THEOLOGY

$500.00 AWARD FOR THE BEST UNDERGRADUATE PAPER
[ $250 for second place ]

$500 AWARD FOR THE BEST GRADUATE PAPER
[ $250 for second place ]

WINNING ESSAYS TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE
Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa

Sponsored by
THETA ALPHA KAPPA THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY

The National Board of Directors of TAK invites entries for the 2019 Albert Clark Award, given annually for the best papers in religious studies or theology, as judged by a panel established by the Board. Each competition winner in each category (undergraduate or graduate) will receive a $500 award, and the runner-up in each category will receive a $250 award. The winners and runners-up will have their essays published in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Other excellent essays submitted for the competition will be chosen to appear in the Journal.

Competition Guidelines: The competition is open to current students at the undergraduate or graduate level who satisfy one of these conditions: a) currently enrolled in or having graduated from a school with a TAK chapter, provided that the paper was written while attending that school and submitted for the competition within 12 months after graduation; or b) currently in a school that does not have a TAK chapter, provided that the student was inducted in a chapter of TAK at a school previously attended. Papers may be submitted through TAK faculty representatives or independently. In either case, a cover letter should indicate the name of the entrant, the school, status as undergraduate or graduate, permanent mailing address, and mailing addresses to be used after January 2019.

Ø  Essays in religious studies and in all fields of theology are welcome.

Ø  Only one essay per author will be considered, and the essay may not be considered for publication elsewhere during the duration of the competition.

Ø  All essays submitted will be considered both for the Albert Clark Award and for publication in the Journal.

Ø  Papers should be double-spaced and should not exceed 20 pages, including endnotes, in 12-point font size.  

Ø  The cover letter should include the author’s name, mailing address, email address, and school name; the manuscript  must be free of any information that may identify the author and may not contain comments by previous readers.

Ø  A manual of style should be followed, preferably the Chicago Manual of Style. The citation of all source material, including information drawn from electronic sources or the Internet, should be as complete as possible.

Ø  Winners will be chosen and notified of the judges’ decisions in March 2019.

Deadline for submission is January 25, 2019.

Send cover letter and the essay by email to: Dr. Bernadette McNary-Zak, JTAK Editor (mcnary_zak@rhodes.edu)

Clark Awards Previous Winners List:

Best Undergraduate Essay Best Graduate Essay
Zachary Lewis Ludwig
  Loyola University Chicago
2017Sara Ann Swenson
  Syracuse University
Chance Bonar
  St. Olaf College
2016Timothy Gervais
  Loyola University Maryland
Elenore Leonard
   Creighton University
2015Danny Yencich
    Illff School of Theology/U. of Denver
Denise Mason
   Notre Dame of Maryland
2014Catherine Orsborn
   Illiff School of Theology
Rina Sadun
   Pomona College
2013Patrick D. Bowen
   University of Denver-Illiff School of
   Theology
Kiva Shiri Nice-Webb
   Elon University
2012Jonathan Loar
   Emory University
Stephanie Brenzel
   Rhodes College
2011William Myatt
   Loyola University Chicago
Josh Muglar
   Oklahoma Baptist University
2010Michael J. Altman
   Emory University
Jessica Coblentz
   Syracuse University
2009Carson Webb
   Santa Clara University
Anna Zaros
   The Catholic University of America
2008Miles Adam Park
   Missouri State University
Erin Culp
   Elon University
2007Paul Buehler
   Loyola University, New Orleans
Jeffrey Durkin
   Georgetown University
2006Carly Crouch
   Oxford University
Joe Lencioni
   Gustavus Adolphus College
2005Nada Unus
   Harvard Divinity School
J. Patrick Hornbeck II
   Georgetown University
2004Amy Peeler
   Princeton Theological Seminary
Meaghann Weniger
   Creighton University
2003Patricia Lipperini 
   LaSalle University

David Odorisio
   LaSalle University

2002Erin E. Mountz
   University of Wisconsin-Madison