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 The Graduate Student Caucus Essay Award

Applications must be sent to with two PDF attachments:

1. Cover sheet with applicant’s name, address, and academic affiliation

2. Revised essay with no identifying information included, which meets the submission criteria below.

Submitted essays must:

  • be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (MLS has a 10,000-word limit, notes and works cited included) 
  • br prepared anonymously (DO NOT include author's name anywhere on the paper itself)
  • use MLA format and citation style

Submissions not following this guidelines will not be reviewed.