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Women’s and Gender Studies

The Joyce Durham Essay Contest in Women’s and Gender Studies

2023 Call for Submissions

Date to be announced

During Fall Semester 2022, we will welcome submissions from any currently enrolled undergraduate at the University of Dayton for the annual Joyce Durham Essay Contest for distinguished work in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Eligibility: All types of nonfiction essays that explore issues concerning women and/or gender — from the personal reflection to the research paper, or excerpt from the Honors thesis — are eligible. Essays should do one or more of the following:

  • Examine the intersections of race, class, and gender;
  • Contribute to the revaluing of a female writer, artist, or historical figure;
  • Incorporate a feminist analysis;
  • Consider the social construction of gender identities and/or gender roles;
  • Link the practical with the theoretical, the personal with the political, and/or the imaginative with the critical.

Submission Guidelines: Students should submit their essays, along with completed entry forms by e-mail to by the deadline indicated above.

Essays should be well-written, free from grammatical errors, and properly proofread.  Judging is anonymous, so the author’s name should not appear on the essay itself. Please email any questions prior to submission.

This year’s award comes with a prize of $150 and the winning essay will be published in UD's eCommons WGS Collection. In addition, the author of the winning essay will be awarded a plaque and acknowledged in the May Commencement program.


Women's and Gender Studies Program

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0322