Annual WGS Essay Contest

2020 Essay Award Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020. 

Awards carry a modest cash prize.

Students may submit their own work or a faculty member may submit outstanding student papers. A student need not be a Women, Gender & Sexuality major or minor to be eligible.

  • There is a minimum page requirement of 20 pages, double-spaced.
  • Please limit submissions to a full length seminar paper. In the case of a senior thesis or dissertation, only one chapter may be submitted.
  • Essays must have been written between Spring 2019 and Spring 2020.
  • Authors are limited to a single submission.
  • If substantial portions of the essay are in a language other than English, please provide an English translation for the reviewers.

Please submit the essay electronically to and include the essay contest cover sheet.
Essay Cover Sheet

Prior Years Essay Winners and Titles:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Award (Undergraduate)
Zora Neale Hurston Award (Graduate)