2022 Annual WGS Essay Contest Call for Submissions
MARIA PULZETTI AND JESSE GILLIAM AWARD*
for the best undergraduate essay focused on women, gender, and/or sexuality written during the 2021-2022 academic year.
ZORA NEALE HURSTON AWARD
for the best graduate essay focused on women, gender, and/or sexuality written during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Both awards carry a cash prize.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS May 2, 2022
Students may submit their own work or a faculty member may submit outstanding papers. A student need not be a Women, Gender & Sexuality major or minor to be eligible. Authors are limited to a single submission.
There is a minimum page requirement of 15 pages, and a maximum submission length of 50 pages. Please limit submissions to a full-length senior seminar paper or one chapter or excerpt from a senior thesis or dissertation. Submissions under 15 pages or over 50 pages will not be given consideration. Essays must have been written between spring 2021 and spring 2022.
*This year, the WGS department renamed the undergraduate award to recognize two undergraduate students at the University of Virginia in the mid-1990s, Maria Pulzetti and Jesse Gilliam. As students, Pulzetti and Gilliam organized the National Day of Silence to raise awareness about the effects of bullying and harassment against LGTBQ+ students. The WGS faculty voted this fall to rename the undergraduate essay prize in their honor, acting on a proposal by the students of WGS 4559: Intersectionality: A History, taught by Prof. Cori Field. WGS commends the students for their research, and we celebrate Pulzetti and Gilliam for continuing to inspire us all with their example.