2017 Essay Award Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017. 

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 2016 and Spring 2017.
  • 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 wgsuva@virginia.edu 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)


Women, Gender & Sexuality

Women, Gender & Sexuality is an interdisciplinary department in which students study gender and sexualities with an emphasis on transnational perspectives.