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    Announcement: SMFS Best Article Prize 2021 Call for Submissions

    We are pleased to announce the call for nominations and submissions for the 2021 SMFS Best Article of Medieval Feminist Scholarship Prize. Articles published in calendar years 2019 and 2020 will be considered for this prize.

    Articles submitted for this prize will be assessed on both scholarly merit and relevance to the remit of SMFS. Topics are open, including issues regarding women, gender, trans* studies, feminist approaches and theory, and intersectionality. Range of study must, however, focus on the medieval period (ca. 500 to 1500).

    The prize is US $300.00.

    Deadline for submissions is 1 December 2020. Announcement of prizewinner will occur in late February/early March 2021.

    Please send all submissions electronically (via email), in an attached OFFICIAL pdf version/file of the article with the publication information clearly identified, to Melissa Ridley Elmes, MElmes@lindenwood.edu, subject heading: “Submission, SMFS Best Article Prize.” Make sure to include all contact information for the author.

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    Announcement: SMFS Best Graduate Essay Prize 2021 Call for Submissions

    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 November 2020. The winner will be announced around 1 February 2021. 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, R.Magnani@swansea.ac.uk with subject heading: “Submission, SMFS Best Graduate Essay Prize”