Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize, 2017

Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press) is delighted to announce the launch of a new annual Essay Prize. The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary women’s writing, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers and support the professional development of next generation scholars.

The prize

The winning entry will be:

  • Submitted for publication in Contemporary Women’s Writing after peer review
  • Awarded one year’s free membership of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, including one year’s free subscription to Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Awarded a choice of OUP books to the value of £100

Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.

Entry requirements

The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for PhD study or within three years of completion. Entrants may be asked to provide formal confirmation of their status.


Essays must be 7,000-9,000 words in length.

The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2018.

The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions must comply with the journal’s Instructions to Authors.

Entrants must submit essays by the standard Online Submission procedures. Please ensure that you select ‘Essay Prize’ in the ‘Submission Type’ box.

Essays should meet the general aims and scope of the journal and submissions will be subject to the standard Peer Review process. Entries will be judged by members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Editorial Board and a member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Executive Committee.

Submit here