2022 Graduate Student and Precarious Scholar Essay Award

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Caucus on Class: Society for Cinema and Media Studies
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2022 Graduate Student and Precarious Scholar Essay Award


Submissions due January 31, 2022


The SCMS Caucus on Class Graduate Student and Precarious Scholar Essay Award, sponsored by The Projector: A Journal in Film, Media, and Culture, recognizes outstanding scholarship in the areas of labor activism, political economy studies, labor practices, social justice movements, materialist cultural studies, community organizing and empowerment, academic and institutional activism, production studies, and film/media representations of class. The winning author will receive a $500 cash prize and the essay (subject to revision) will be published in The Projector


An Essay Award Jury, composed of two members of the SCMS Caucus on Class and one member of The Projector editorial board,will evaluate submissions based on the manuscript’s contribution to the field, depth of research, and academic language and style.

  • Essays should be roughly 6,000 to 8,000 words in length, including notes and references, and should follow the Chicago author-date citation system.
  • Essays prepared to fulfill course requirements or written as part of a thesis or dissertation may be submitted for the award.
  • Essays must not have been previously published, accepted for publication, submitted to a journal, or submitted concurrently for other writing prizes.
  • The name of the author or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere in the body, header/footer, or filename of the paper; please use nomination form (below).
  • Each author may enter only one essay annually.
  • At the time of submission, authors are not required to be members of SCMS or the Caucus on Class. However, the winner must be a member of both at the time of receiving the award.
  • Co-authored works are accepted, but to receive the award both authors must be members of SCMS and the Caucus on Class. 


  • The winning essay will be announced at the Caucus on Class meeting during the SCMS pre-conference in 2022.