Announcing 2017 Schillinger Memorial Essay

$1000.00 Prize for the Best Essay


The Political Implications of Unconscious Thought

Sponsored by:

The Section for Applied Clinical Psychoanalysis

Section V of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychoanalysis (Div. 39)

Recent events including the U.S. Presidential Election and the U.K. Brexit vote suggest that there is much about political thought and action that remains irrational, unknowable and unpredictable. How can the psychoanalytic approach to unconscious thought enable us to say more about the occluded dynamic aspects of political acts? 

The prize winning essay will be published in Division/Review

All those submitting essays will be given a complimentary one-year membership in Section V

The winner will be announced in April 2017, and the prize awarded in April at the Division 39 meetings in NYC

Submission Guidelines: Essays should be no more than 15 double-spaced pages.  The contestant’s name and email should appear on the title page, but this identifying information should not be included in the body of the essay.

Deadline:   February 15, 2017

Submit electronic copies to:  Subject Line:  Section V Schillinger Essay Contest

Questions: E-mail any questions to

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