Annual WGS Essay Contest

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

 

Submission guidelines: 

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.   

Please submit the paper electronically to wgsuva@virginia.edu and include the essay contest cover sheet.

 

*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.