Students Invited to Enter Women’s History Student Essay Competition

February 19, 2014

MISSOULA – In honor of the centennial of woman’s suffrage in Montana, the Montana Historical Society and the Women’s History Matters Essay Prize Committee at the University of Montana are sponsoring a student essay competition.

Essays should be 6,000 to 8,000 words, including footnotes; based on original research in primary resources, complete with footnotes; and prepared in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format.

Submissions are invited from graduate students and current or recent undergraduates, including students at state universities, tribal colleges, community colleges and private institutions throughout Montana.

Criteria for judging will include:

  • Originality of topic or approach
  • Quality and depth of research
  • Contribution to Montana women’s history
  • Coherence of argument
  • Clarity of presentation

Undergraduate and graduate submissions will be judged separately. Cash awards will be given for the winning graduate and undergraduate essays.

Prize-winning essays will be considered for publication by the Montana Historical Society in a special issue of Montana: The Magazine of Western History and a Montana Historical Society Press anthology dedicated to women’s history.

Deadline for submission is May 31. Electronic submission is required and should be sent to Anya Jabour at or Janet Finn at

Contestants can visit the Women’s History Matters website sponsored by the Montana Historical Society for more information on woman’s suffrage, women’s history and research resources at



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Contact: Anya Jabour, history and women’s and gender studies professor, 406-243-4364,