The SCMS Gender and Feminisms Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize, co-sponsored by Feminist Media Histories, recognizes outstanding scholarship in the field of feminist media history.

A $500 cash prize will be awarded annually to the winner and the winning essay will be published (subject to revision) in Feminist Media Histories.

A Writing Award Committee composed of two members of the SCMS Gender and Feminisms Caucus (formerly Women’s Caucus) and the editor of Feminist Media Histories will evaluate submissions.

  • Entrants must be enrolled in a recognized program of graduate study at the time they enter the contest. They must also be current members of SCMS and its Gender and Feminisms Caucus.
  • Essays should be between 7,500 and 10,000 words in length, including endnotes.
  • Essays prepared by students to fulfill course requirements may be submitted for the award, as may be work produced as part of a dissertation or thesis.
  • Essays that have been previously published, or have been accepted for publication, are not eligible for the prize.
  • Essays submitted for the award must be saved in PDF format (maximum 30MB).
  • To maintain the anonymity of entrants, the author’s name should not appear on the essay. Authors should submit a separate cover page listing name, essay title, institutional affiliation (including the degree pursued and expected date of graduation), and contact information.
  • Each student may enter only one essay annually.
  • To be considered for the award, the essay, along with a cover page, must be submitted to fmheditor (at) no later than October 1, 2024.
  • The winning essay will be announced at the 2025 SCMS Gender and Feminisms Caucus meeting.