Deadline for Proposal Submission:
August 11, 2023

The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) in partnership with Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies invites paper submissions for the 2023 NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award.

The purpose of this award 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 diasporas. 

One (1) annual $500 award is available for a woman of color who is a current graduate student and member of NWSA. The prize-winning essay will automatically be considered for publication in Frontiers. All essays are subject to the Frontiers peer review process. If winning essays are accepted for publication, additional revisions may be required.

Submission Requirements

  • Submissions must be from women of color who are current individual NWSA members and currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program. Recent recipients of a terminal degree (no later than May 2023) are also eligible to apply.
  • Completed online application posted on
  • 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 12,000 words.
  • The title page should include the applicant’s name, address, 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, 17th 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.
  • 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.

The NWSA Women of Color 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.

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