Women in French offers one graduate essay award each year, in May, and one undergraduate essay award, in June. These awards represent an important opportunity for our organization to encourage and support future scholars in the field of French and Francophone Studies by recognizing outstanding work by our students. See below for specific deadlines.



The undergraduate essay should be written in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced with 1-inch margins.  The essays must be between 10-12 pages (notes and bibliography included) and written in French.
The topic may be either literary or cultural and should conform to the stated goal of Women in French: to promote the study of French and Francophone women authors, the study of women’s place in French and Francophone cultures or literatures, and feminist literary criticism. Please specify your native language.  The essays should be sent by THE STUDENT as a Word Document attachment with the name of the professor (WIF member), the student and the university included in the text of the message.  There is one competition per year.  The WIF Award committee may ask for corrections before publishing the essays on the WEB.

An essay submission may be returned without review if it does not meet the submission guidelines regarding content, length and formatting as specified on the WIF website.

The  deadline is June 15th.

Please send the essays to Arline Cravens and Karin Schwerdtner.


Undergraduate Student Essay Award Winners



Women in French Graduate Student Essay Award Contest

Essays in French or English dealing with women in French or Francophone Literature or Civilization should be between 15 and 20 pages (double spaced), including notes and works cited.  Blind submissions should be sent by email attachment in MSWord, formatted in the latest MLA style, and must include the student’s university affiliation and graduate standing (masters or Ph.D. candidate), home phone number, address, and email address, and the full contact information of the professor who supervised and recommends the paper. The winner may be asked to revise her/his essay, based on evaluators’ comments.

The best essay will be published in the yearly WIF Studies, a refereed journal.  The winner will also receive $250, thanks to the generosity of WIF member Samia I. Spencer (Auburn University), who also sponsors a plaque to be given to the advising professor as WIF Outstanding Mentor.  We wish to recognize the work professors do in providing guidance on content, style, the writing process, use of secondary materials, and in encouraging the use of the appropriate conventions for grammar, usage, and documentation of sources.

The  deadline is May 25th.

Have students send submissions to Adrienne Angelo at the following address:

Graduate Student Essay Winners