African Studies Association Women’s Caucus

2020 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize Application
For Creative Work


The Aidoo-Snyder book prize is awarded by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association
for an outstanding book that prioritizes African women’s experiences. Named in honor of Ama Ata
Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short story writer, and Margaret Snyder the founding
Director of UNIFEM, this $500 prize seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary
scholarship being produced by women about African women. In alternate years, the prize is awarded
for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work.

The 2020 Aidoo-Snyder scholarly book prize will be given for the best original creative work written
by a woman (or women) that prioritizes African women’s experience. To this end, the committee
invites nominations from publishers or authors. Books should be submitted based on publication
date rather than copyright date. Self-published books are not eligible, and entries may only be
submitted for consideration once. The prize is open to authors who have published books in
English and English translation in the two years preceding the award year. The books must
significantly deal with Africa (including Cape Verde, and the Islands off the West Coast of Africa;
Madagascar; and the Indian Ocean Islands of the East African Coast).

To nominate a publication, please send one electronic copy of the publication to accompanied by the form below.
All nominations must be emailed on or before October 15, 2020. The winner will be notified in early November. For more information on the book prize, please visit our website.

*All award recipients are required to be current WC members.