Honoring the late Joyce R. Durham, professor emerita of English, this contest invites submissions of nonfiction essays that explore issues concerning women and/or gender — from the personal reflection to the research paper, or an excerpt from an honors thesis. Essays should do one or more of the following:
- Examine the intersection of race, class, and gender.
- Contribute to the revaluing of a female writer, artist, or historical figure.
- Incorporate feminist analysis.
- Consider the social construction of gender identities and/or roles.
- Link the practical with the theoretical, the personal with the political, and/or the imaginative with the critical.
The contest provides the winner with a monetary prize.
Submissions from 2020
(In)security: Gendered and Bordered, Mary McLoughlin
Submissions from 2019
Bearing Witness to Sexual Violence as a Violation of Women's Rights, Josh Segalewicz
Submissions from 2018
Gendering Patriotism: Wartime Culture and Propaganda in WWI, Emily Elizabeth Haynes
Submissions from 2017
Feminist Futures, Julia Nicole Court
Submissions from 2016
Submissions from 2015
Submissions from 2014
Gender Disparity within the Employment Sector in Saudi Arabia, Alyssa Bovell and Libby Durnwald
Submissions from 2013
Joan Jett in "I Love Rock 'n' Roll": Gender Boundaries and Female Address, Megan Colleen O'Mera
Submissions from 2012
Drag Kings: Performing Masculinity, Lauren Cummerlander
Extreme Pornography and Obscenity Legislation, Julianne Morgan
Food and Feminism, Ellie Myers
Submissions from 2011
Submissions from 2010
The Rhetoric of Writing for a Male Audience, Danielle Black
Portrayal of Women and Clothing in Domestic Housework Commercials, Julie Brady Ramaccia
Submissions from 2009
Submissions from 2007
Even the Good Guys Are Bad in Sin City, Melanie Woods
Submissions from 2006
To Abandon Our Culture or Not? A Real Look at Indigenous Guatemalans, Allison A. Kretz