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Suzanne Keen
Emma Parker

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Denise DeCaires Narain
Sarah Brophy

About the journal

Contemporary Women’s Writing critically assesses writing by women authors who have published approximately from 1970 to the present, especially in essays that reach beyond a reading of a single text …

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The Contemporary Women's Writing Essay Prize


Entry deadline 1 February 2017

The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary women’s writing, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers and support the professional development of next generation scholars.

The prize is open to anyone currently registered for a PhD, or anyone who has completed one within three years of the submission deadline. The winner will receive:

  • Publication in Contemporary Women's Writing
  • One year's free membership of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association, including one year's free subscription to Contemporary Women's Writing
  • £100 worth of Oxford University Press books

Other entries of sufficient quality may be invited to publish in the journal.

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The editors of the journal are pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Contemporary Women's Writing Essay Prize:

About Change: Ali Smith’s Numismatic Modernism
by Mary Horgan (King's College London)

The essay is available to read free online.

Due to the high quality nature of the entries the following pieces have also been selected for special commendation:

Interviews in Contemporary Women's Writing

Domnica Radulescu

States of Exile: An Interview with Domnica Radulescu 
Interviewed by Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru
Volume 10 Issue 2 (2016)

Bernardine Evaristo

Putting History in Its Place: An Interview with Bernardine Evaristo
Interviewed by Jennifer Gustar
Volume 9 Issue 3 (2015)

Special issues of Contemporary Women's Writing


Guest edited by Jessica L. Wilkinson and Cassandra Atherton

The interview and seven articles in this special issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing were gathered by the guest editors as a result of the fifth biennial Contemporary Women’s Writing Association conference held in Melbourne, Australia, 3–5 July 2014. The event, themed “Environments,” showcased scholarly papers, creative presentations, discussion panels, and poetic performances by scholars and writers from across the globe.

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Experimental Writing

Guest edited by Kaye Mitchell

This special issue on contemporary women’s experimental writing has its origins in a conference that took place at the University of Manchester in October 2013. The conference featured more than fifty papers, delivered by delegates from the United Kingdom, the United States, continental Europe, and beyond, alongside a poetry reading by contributors to the Infinite Difference anthology of “other poetries” by women, edited by Carrie Etter (2010), and a reading and Q&A; with Ali Smith.

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