NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award

Deadline:  May 15, 2014

The purpose of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Awards is to discover, encourage, and promote the intellectual development of emerging scholars who engage in critical theoretical discussions and/or analyses about feminist/womanist issues concerning women and girls of color in the United States and the diaspora.

Four (4) $500 awards are available for women of color who are current graduate students and members of NWSA.

Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Frontiers; all essays are subject to Frontiers peer review process. If winning essays are accepted for publication, additional revisions may be required.

Eligibility Requirements

Submissions must be from women of color who are NWSA members and currently enrolled in graduate or professional programs. Recent recipients of a terminal degree (no later than May 2013) are also eligible to apply.

The Caucus identifies women of color as those persons from African, Asian (including Asian American, Pacific Islander, Arab or Middle East Asian), Latin American, or American Indian (including African Native American or Alaskan Native) descent.

Submission Requirements

Applicants must complete this form, and also complete the following:

Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Essay Award Form

Applicants should address the conference theme, Feminist Transgressions, and/or address one of its thematic areas, 1) Rethinking the Nation, 2) Trans-ing Feminisms 3) Technologizing Futures, 4) Creating Justice, 5) Love and Labor.

Submissions must be original manuscripts, not previously published in whole or in part (whether online or in print) or under consideration for publication or another award.

Manuscripts must be word-processed, double-spaced (including endnotes), and should not exceed 14,000 words.

The title page should include the applicant's name, address, phone number, email address, college or university affiliation, and student status (graduate or eligible post graduate) in the top right corner. No other identification information should appear in the manuscript.

Citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, with "humanities style" endnotes. Source information is provided only through numbered endnotes. This information is not given in parentheses or in a bibliography.

All submissions must be exclusive submissions to Frontiers for the duration of the essay award contest, and finalists will be notified by August 15.

Submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a mentoring professor. The letter of recommendation should speak to the importance and innovation of the applicant's particular research interventions, and should also address the applicant's skills, accomplishments, and other qualities that make them well suited as a leader in research on women of color. Additionally, the letter of recommendation must address the suitability of the paper for publication in Frontiers. 

Submissions should be emailed to:
See NWSA's Awards and Prizes page for more information.