LINGUIST List 32.1174

Fri Apr 02 2021

FYI: Babel Young Writers' Competition

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 30-Mar-2021
From: Tristan Miller <>
Subject: Babel Young Writers' Competition
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This year, Babel: The Language Magazine ( will be running the eighth edition of our Young Writers' Competition, which encourages young linguists who are starting out on their study of language.

The competition is open to all linguistics students in further and higher education (i.e., at sixth-form, college or university). If you are a keen Babel reader and language lover, get writing to be in with a chance of getting yourself published -- as well as a year's subscription to Babel!

Keep an eye on Babelzine on Twitter for inspiration from previous winners on topics ranging from sign language to spoonerisms, and from language birth to language death.

The winners will be announced in October 2021. Good luck!

Individual and group prizes

We will publish two winners in our November 2021 issue -- one by an individual young linguist, and one by a group of young writers. This new option to submit as a team recognises the importance of group study in linguistics.

This issue's theme: Attitudes to languages

We want to hear your views about and experiences of attitudes to language. Have you found that your use of certain words winds up older speakers? Has moving to university made you aware of varying perceptions to do with accent and dialect?


Deadline: Friday 27 August 2021

Length: Entries must be no more than 2,500 words.

Topic: Entries can be about any topic that has to do with languages and linguistics -- the important thing is that the article is accessible and interesting for Babel readers.

Format: Entries should be clearly presented in a Word file, with images submitted as separate JPEGs.

Submission: Entries should be emailed to with the title "Young Writer's Competition".

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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