To encourage a new generation of feminist scholars, the FSA sponsors an annual student essay competition for work which is innovative, interdisciplinary and grounded in feminist theory and practice. After an initial shortlisting process, the top seven entries will be judged by our judging panel to determine the winner. All shortlisted entries will be published in the Journal of International Women’s Studies, and the winner will also receive a year’s free FSA membership.

Students at any stage of their studies at a British or Irish university or recent graduates from British or Irish universities are encouraged to submit entries. To be eligible, entries must have been submitted as student work at a British or Irish university, must not have been previously published, must not be currently under consideration for publication, or must not have been entered into other competitions which may result in publication elsewhere. Essays should be 6,000-7,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography). Entries must be submitted electronically via email, include a completed competition coversheet, and adhere to the submission instructions below.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the student essay prize did not run in 2021/22, we would encourage anyone who submitted previously to submit to this round of the essay prize