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Call for Essays

Deadline: April 15, 2014


In an effort to promote more awareness of Vietnamese cultural identity, diaCRITICS is now hosting an annual prize for the purpose. Via this contest, diaCRITICS also aims to build an archive of essays on Vietnamese cultural identity from which readers everywhere can benefit.

In light of this, the call seeks essays that fall into the following four categories: literature, visual arts, architecture, and music. Essayists can write about one or more of these categories. “Vietnamese cultural identity” can be discussed in relation to the Vietnamese in Vietnam, overseas, or both.


The jury will select one winning essay, whose author will receive a prize of $500. The selected winner will also be published on diaCRITICS website in both English and Vietnamese. We reserve the right to publish some selected essays, including the winner, on diaCRITICS website in both English and Vietnamese.

We reserve the right not to give a prize if no essay meets the jury’s standards.


Everyone, with no limitation on age or nationality. Must be subscribers to diaCRITICS.org.

Submitted essay must be originally written in either English or Vietnamese. Essays previously published elsewhere within a year from the deadline are acceptable as well. The winning essay will be translated into English or Vietnamese.


Word count: 1,500 – 3,000 words.

Submissions must be emailed as letter-sized PDFs together with a cover page (download from diacritics.org). The applicant’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission.

The applicant’s name and contact information, including the email address by which they subscribe to diaCRITICS, must appear on the cover page ONLY. Essays will be read anonymously by the jury.

Email submissions to daiphanprize@gmail.com with “Dai Phan Prize” as the subject line.

Submissions must be received by 5:00pm EDT on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced at the end of May.

Questions about this call for essays can be sent to daiphanprize@gmail.com.

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