Annual WGS Essay Contest

The 2021 Essay Contest Was Canceled Due to Covid-19. Please stay tuned here for 2022 details, expected in April 2022.

2021 Essay Award Submission Guidelines

ELIZABETH CADY STANTON AWARD for the best undergraduate essay focused on women, gender, and/or sexuality written during the 2020-2021 academic year.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON AWARD for the best graduate essay focused on women, gender, and/or sexuality written during the 2020-2021 academic year.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS 12:00pm, May 4, 2021

Both awards carry a cash prize.

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.

There is a minimum page requirement of 15 pages.  Submissions should not exceed 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 2020 and spring 2021.

Authors are limited to a single submission.

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

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