The Gender and Medieval Studies Group offers a postgraduate student essay prize, which is awarded at the GMS conference in January each year. The competition is open to students at all levels of graduate study including those who will be completing their degree in the coming year.
Essays should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. This word limit is inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of the bibliography. Entries should engage with questions of gender and/or sexuality in the Middle Ages and follow a recognised academic referencing system (such as MHRA). A full bibliography should be included, and all images should be captioned.
Submissions from postgraduates working within any discipline in the field are encouraged.
The prize gives free conference fee registration to the GMS conference (held every January at a different UK institution) for two years (2019 and 2020), a £100 book token for Castle Hill Bookshop and a contribution towards UK travel costs to the conference.
The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the academic journal Medieval Feminist Forum, run by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS).
There may be years when no prize is awarded, depending upon submissions in any given year.
Electronic submissions should be submitted to Laura Kalas Williams (L.E.Williams@swansea.ac.uk), by the student themselves, by 19 November 2018. In submitting an entry to this competition, entrants declare that the essay represents their own, original work.
For further information see http://medievalgender.co.uk/prizes-bursaries/