Graduate Humanities Essay Contest

The Western Michigan University Center for the Humanities invites submissions to the WMU Graduate Humanities Essay Contest - Essay Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023.


The contest invites essays from all graduate students at WMU. Previously published essays or essays already accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the contest.

Length: 25 pages maximum. If your essay is part of a longer piece, a chapter in your dissertation for example, please indicate that on the first page of the essay.

Essays should be in English.

Call for Papers


The essay contest  is open to currently enrolled graduate students at WMU. 


Submission deadline: April 1, 2023

The faculty serving as respondents will select two outstanding submissions to be awarded a cash prize and publication in the Hilltop Review. The first place prize will be $1000 and the second place prize will be $600 (in the form of financial aid). The prize-winning papers may be published in the Hilltop Review.

*Some WMU graduate students may not be eligible to receive monetary awards.

Contestants will be contacted by email to confirm receipt of the essay.

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