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SCMS Gender and Feminisms Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize


The SCMS Gender and Feminisms Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize, co-sponsored by Feminist Media Histories, recognizes outstanding scholarship in the field of feminist media history.

A $500 cash prize will be awarded annually to the winner and the winning essay will be published (subject to revision) in Feminist Media Histories.

A Writing Award Committee composed of two members of the SCMS Gender and Feminisms Caucus (formerly Women’s Caucus) and the editor of Feminist Media Histories will evaluate submissions.

  • Entrants must be enrolled in a recognized program of graduate study at the time they enter the contest. They must also be current members of SCMS and its Gender and Feminisms Caucus. 
  • Essays should be between 7,500 and 10,000 words in length, including endnotes. 
  • Essays prepared by students to fulfill course requirements may be submitted for the award, as may be work produced as part of a dissertation or thesis. 
  • Essays that have been previously published, or have been accepted for publication, are not eligible for the prize. 
  • Essays submitted for the award must be saved in PDF format (maximum 30MB). 
  • To maintain the anonymity of entrants, the author’s name should not appear on the essay. Authors should submit a separate cover page listing name, essay title, institutional affiliation (including the degree pursued and expected date of graduation), and contact information. 
  • Each student may enter only one essay annually. 
  • To be considered for the award, the essay, along with a cover page, must be submitted to fmheditor (at) no later than October 1, 2024. 
  • The winning essay will be announced at the 2025 SCMS Gender and Feminisms Caucus meeting.

Article Awards


Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award, 2021
Somewhere between Human, Nonhuman, and Woman: Shanta Apte's Theory of Exhaustion
Debashree Mukherjee
Feminist Media Histories (2020) 6 (3): 21–51


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