American Studies Blog Contest

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As we approach the 5th anniver­sary of the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Blog (, we decid­ed to cel­e­brate by ask­ing you – our read­ers – to par­tic­i­pate in the joy­ful occa­sion of our first blog competition.

Although blog­ging has changed over the years, it’s still a great plat­form to voice your ideas and share con­tent with peo­ple around the world. Now choose a top­ic that fits into at least one of three zeit­geisty cat­e­gories and try your talents:

  • Access Amer­i­ca (Pop­u­lar Cul­ture, His­to­ry, and Cur­rent Events)
  • Best Books & Fab­u­lous Films (Reviews and More)
  • Teach­ing Tools (Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade)

And remem­ber: The sky’s the limit.

ASB Con­test Guidelines

Entries must com­ply with all the terms and con­di­tions in these guide­lines in order to be eli­gi­ble. The ASB will pub­lish the win­ning authors (first and sec­ond place in each category).


Guide­lines for Entries



  • This com­pe­ti­tion is open to uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents and young professionals.

Length & For­mat

  • Less is more. Ide­al­ly, blog entries must have gen­er­al appeal and be between 300 and 1,000 words. They must include a 2–3 sen­tence bio which is not con­sid­ered part of the word count. Longer entries will be disqualified.
  • Your blog must be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cal­ly in Word for­mat. All entries should include a catchy title, a hook, and a sug­ges­tion in which of the three cat­e­gories (Best Books & Fab­u­lous Films, Teach­ing Tools, or Access Amer­i­ca) you’d like it posted.

Audi­ence, Writ­ing Style, Ref­er­enc­ing & Lan­guage

  • Due to our wide read­er­ship, avoid the use of jar­gon and lim­it schol­ar­ly references.
  • Please add links to oth­er web­sites (include URLs in paren­the­ses where they should appear), pho­tos, screen­shots, orig­i­nal video clips, and open access mate­ri­als to your sub­mis­sions. All of these must be copy­right free.
  • As a form of life writ­ing, all blogs should have an authen­tic, unique point of view. Indi­vid­ual expres­sion, tone, and voice are encour­aged, e.g. dos­es of humor as well as thought-pro­vok­ing top­ics are espe­cial­ly welcome.
  • Please use Amer­i­can spelling, cap­i­tal­iza­tion rules, and punc­tu­a­tion as well as 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, and 1.5 spacing

Ethics, Edit­ing & Pub­lish­ing Process

  • We will only con­sid­er one entry per cat­e­go­ry sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cal­ly to Please include your name, address, and a tele­phone num­ber. The win­ners grant the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Blog the right to pub­lish their names, pho­tos (if need­ed), and a short biography.
  • By sub­mit­ting your entry to the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Blog, you cer­ti­fy that it is an orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tion with fac­tu­al­ly accu­rate infor­ma­tion that has not been post­ed or sub­mit­ted else­where. The blog entry should not know­ing­ly con­tain any state­ments or mate­ri­als that is defam­a­to­ry, decep­tive, fraud­u­lent, or inten­tion­al­ly mis­lead­ing. Respon­si­bil­i­ty for pla­gia­rism rests sole­ly with the author.
  • If sub­mit­ting your own pho­tos or film clips, please pro­pose captions.
  • We reserve the right to edit posts, so do not feel offend­ed if we make minor styl­is­tic changes to improve the read­abil­i­ty of your blog.
  • We reserve the right to reject any sub­mis­sion and to remove any post after it has been published.
  • We do not accept pro­mo­tion­al blogs.

Judg­ing Cri­te­ria for the Selec­tion of the Best Blogs

  • Qual­i­ty of the analy­sis, rel­e­vance of the top­ic, and orig­i­nal­i­ty of the blog (style of writ­ing and content).
  • The deci­sion of the judges will be final and not sub­ject to chal­lenge or appeal. No feed­back will be giv­en to appli­cants whose blogs were not selected.


Please send all entries to by Sep­tem­ber 1, 2019.


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