The deadline for submission of entries to the Clark Award has now past. We appreicate all the submissions this year as well as our generoous judges. The results of the 2017 Clark Awards will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

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The National Board of Directors of TAK invites entries for the 2017 Albert Clark Award, given annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student for the best papers in religious studies or theology, as judged by a panel established by the board.  Each competition winner will receive a $500 award and the runner-up, $250, The winning essays will be published in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. 

Competition guidelines: The competition is open to any student currently enrolled in or graduated from a school with a TAK chapter, provided that the paper was written while attending that school.  It is also open to alumni members of TAK.  Papers may be submitted through TAK chapter moderators 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 in the year of submission (2016) and after January 2017.

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

-    Only one essay per author will be considered.  During the period that the essay is under consideration for publication in JTAK, the author asserts that it has not been published elsewhere and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

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

-     Papers should be double-spaced and should not exceed 20 pages, including endnotes, when typed in a 12-point font size.  Shorter papers are acceptable.

-        Author's name and school name should be identified in cover letter only - not on manuscript original or copies.  The original and copies must be free of any information that may identify the author and may contain no comments by previous readers.

-          A manual of style should be followed, preferably the Chicago Manual of Style.

-          Deadline for submission is January 20, 2017.

-          Winners will be chosen and notified of the judges' decisions in March 2016. 

Send cover letter and four (4) copies of the essay to:
Dr. Leo H. Madden, JTAK Editor
Department of Theology

Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219

Clark Awards Previous Winners List:

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

David Odorisio
   LaSalle University

2002 Erin E. Mountz
   University of Wisconsin-Madison