Call for Papers: The Gender & History Graduate Student Essay Prize

Katharine Rollwagen Discussion

The Gender & History Graduate Student Essay Prize is awarded every three years. The aim of the prize is to promote scholarship among postgraduate research students working in the field of gender history. Entrants should keep in mind the journal’s mandate to examine changing conceptions of gender and map the dialogue between femininities, masculinities, sexualities and their historical contexts. We welcome submissions focused on history from any time period or place, or essays exploring broader methodological questions.

The competition is open to anyone who is currently registered for a higher research degree, or who has been awarded one since August 2020. Applicants who are completing doctoral degrees are advised to check with their institutions any regulations covering the publication of material extracted from their theses prior to the submission of the whole thesis.
Essays must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known.
Essays should be no more than 9000 words in length (including notes). Please include an abstract (250 words). 
To enter the competition, please submit the essay as a .docx or .pdf file by email to Please include in your email your full name, institution, and student status. Please also include the name and email address of a supervisor, committee member, or department chair. The editors may contact this person to confirm that you qualify for the prize.
Essays received after Friday, May 5th 2023 will not be considered for the prize.

There is only one prize and the judges reserve the right to award no prize if submitted material is not of an appropriate standard. Members of the Gender & History Editorial Collective act as the prize jury; the final decision rests with the editors. The decision of the jury and editors will be final.

The winning author will be awarded $1000 USD. The winning author will be encouraged to submit their essay through ScholarOne to undergo peer review, with the goal of including the essay in a subsequent issue of the journal. Winning the essay prize does not guarantee publication.