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Northeast Modern Language Association

Graduate Student Essay Award

NeMLA awards an annual prize to the best graduate student paper presented at any of the sessions of the previous three conventions.

  • 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. And the prize includes mentorship to further improve this essay before submission to MLS
  • Email Graduate Student Essay Award submissions to with “NeMLA Graduate Student Essay Award Submission” in the subject.

Application Deadline: January 15th

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.