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Graduate Student Essay Competition

The SMFS Graduate Student Essay Competition for 2021 is now open. This competition is open to all currently-enrolled graduate students, including those who will complete their degree in the current academic year. Papers submitted for consideration should be polished, original scholarly work and may cover any aspect of medieval studies that focuses on issues of women, gender, and/or sexuality. Papers written originally as conference presentations or seminar/ capstone assignments should be revised into article length, format, and style prior to submission for this contest.


1. Papers should be no longer than 8000 words, not counting foot/endnotes and bibliography.

2. Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents (doc OR docx), double-spaced with standard margins, and include a FULL citation apparatus-foot- or endnotes and bibliography, all in Chicago Manual of Style [preferable] or MLA format.

Papers that do not conform to these basic guidelines will be returned with a request to revise in accordance with required length and formatting.

The prize will be 5 years’ membership of SMFS and publication of the winning paper, subject to editing, in the Society’s journal, Medieval Feminist Forum. The winner will be paired with a mentor who will help facilitate revisions and work with you to develop your essay for publication. All submissions will receive constructive feedback. Deadline for submission of papers is 1 December 2021. The winner will be announced around 1 March 2022. There may be years when the prize will not be awarded, dependent upon the publishable potential of submissions.

Send all submissions (via email attachment) and correspondence to Roberta Magnani, with subject heading: “Submission, SMFS Best Graduate Essay Prize”