Seeking inspiration, confidence and recognition? Enter the Postgraduate Essay Prize competition by 1 October!

The deadline for entering the WIGS Postgraduate Essay Prize competition is fast approaching! The testimonies of previous prize-winners below show just how valuable the experience can be for inspiring your research, boosting your confidence and gaining recognition for your work. Read what they have to say and enter your own essay by 1 October! The winner will receive receive £100 and the opportunity to have their piece published in the journal German Life and Letters.

“I was absolutely delighted when I won the WiGS essay prize. At the time of entering the competition, I was a second-year PhD student and a little terrified of submitting an article for peer review. But the feedback I received from the WIGS committee (and later German Life and Letters, where my article was published) was very kind and so helpful. The article resulting from this was my first peer-reviewed publication and winning the prize gave me a lot of confidence for my future work. I can really recommend submitting an article to the competition!”

Ina Linge, winner 2014

“Having an article published with German Life and Letters gave me valuable experience of the editing process, and also boosted my confidence in my research and writing. It’s definitely worth applying for this prize!”

Ellen Pilsworth, winner 2015

“Joining WIGS and subsequently setting myself the goal to submit for the Essay Prize gave me the motivational boost to make something of a piece of research that had been lying dormant for some years. The competition gave me the opportunity to return to this research with purpose and reframe it as an article. When I then won the prize, I had the chance to present at the WIGS conference in Aberystwyth and to get to know other members, all of whom were lovely and supportive of my work. The recognition of my work that the prize stands for motivated and inspired me in relation to my PhD project. Furthermore, the experience of having my essay peer-reviewed for German Life and Letters was invaluable with regards to my publication record and I learned a lot from the process. Seeing my essay published was well worth it and the engagement with my research that was initiated by the prize is still ongoing. Find it here:″

Melissa Schuh, winner 2016

Terms and conditions for the competition can be found here. Please email our PG rep, Mary Frank (, or our Secretary, Katya Krylova (, if you have any queries.

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