About the prize
Submissions Deadline: October 15, 2022
Studies in Gender and Sexuality, thanks to the Alexandra and Martin Symonds Foundation, invites
submissions to its annual competition for the best previously unpublished essay on gender and/or
sexuality. Previous winners include established and early-career clinicians, academics, Ph.D and
Masters students, and institute candidates.
Studies in Gender and Sexuality is one of the leading journals in the transdisciplinary field of gender
and sexuality studies. Situated at the interface of psychoanalysis and social/cultural theory, it aims to
further our understanding of how we live, theorize, and transform gender and sexuality.
The essay may engage clinical, critical, empirical, or theoretical questions that relate to gender and
sexuality, in particular in the context of contemporary struggles and crises. The writer may be new or
seasoned. The topic may be cutting-edge or venerable. We welcome essays that vary in form and
content, including transdisciplinary work.
Submissions will be judged by members of the Editorial Board. The winner will receive $500, and the
essay will be published in SGS.
Now in its 22nd year, SGS has continued to publish a wide range of critical perspectives on gender and
sexuality. It has a particular (though not exclusive) interest in approaches that use psychoanalysis to
complicate and deepen our conceptualizations of gender and sexuality, whilst using theories of gender
and sexuality to complicate psychoanalytic theory and practice. In doing so, SGS opens debates about
the tensions between subjective and affective life and social and political formations.
Submissions should be Word files and include an abstract. Send, with the subject line “Symonds
Competition,” to: [email protected]