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. 

Application Deadline: January 15

Criteria for the Graduate Student Caucus Essay Award

Submissions must be revised from a presentation to the 2018, 2019, or 2020 NeMLA convention.

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) 
  • be prepared anonymously (DO NOT include author's name anywhere on the paper itself)
  • use MLA format and citation style

Submissions not following these guidelines will not be reviewed.