Sally Boland Essay Prize

Awarded by the Plymouth State University Women’s Studies Council

The Sally Boland Essay Prize is to be awarded in the Spring for the best scholarly essay or paper which addresses a topic or theme related to Women’s Studies as a discipline and/or to the lives and work of women.

An essay need not to have been written for a specific course, and may be from any area or discipline, so long as its scholarly focus is connected to and/or informed by women’s studies. By “scholarly,” we mean to indicate work which is research-based, or analytical, or thesis driven — work which contributes in some way to academic discourse. Examples of such essays might include: literary analysis of the major work of a woman writer; research paper about the biology of gender; a media analysis paper focusing on women’s roles in film and television; historical research paper focusing on women in the United States Senate. Many possibilities exist, of course; if you are uncertain about whether your essay meets the criteria for “scholarship,” submit it nonetheless.

Essays should be typed, double-spaced, and carefully edited. One clean copy should be submitted. The essays are blind-reviewed by a team of faculty members; the faculty members will not know the names of the authors when they are evaluating and judging the papers. Therefore, the paper must have a separate title page with the title of the paper, name of the author, and contact information. The first page of the paper should have the title repeated at the top of the page. The author’s name should appear no place in the paper except the title page. Essay authors must be currently enrolled undergraduate PSU students.  If you have previously submitted work for the Sally Boland Scholarly Essay Prize, please do not resubmit it unless extensive revisions have been made. Rubrics can be found here.


Spring 2019 Submission Deadline: Friday, April 19th at 5:00 pm
Papers may be submitted electronically to algoode@plymouth.edu with the subject heading “Sally Boland Essay Contest”. If you have any questions, you may contact  Dr. Goode via email or contact any member of the Women’s Studies Council.