CAITY Essay Award

Deadline: January 10

NeMLA awards an annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members at any of the Convention’s sections. The competition is limited to papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the NeMLA convention earlier in the year.

  • Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.
  • Email CAITY Essay Award submissions to with “NeMLA CAITY Essay Award Submission” in the subject.

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

  • Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words.
  • The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet included in a separate Word document; if this information appears elsewhere, the submission will be disqualified.
  • Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned.

Congratulations to Dr. Aoise Stratford, winner of the 2020 Boston Convention Essay Award for "Abortion, Infanticide, Sterilization and the Monstrous Maternal in Suzan-Lori Parks's Red Letter Plays."