Catharine Stimpson Prize

Catharine Stimpson

The University of Chicago Press is pleased to announce the competition for the 2015 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship.  Named in honor of the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the Catharine Stimpson Prize is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the work of emerging feminist scholars.

The Catharine Stimpson Prize is awarded biannually to the best paper in an international competition.  Leading feminist scholars from around the globe will select the winner.  The prize-winning paper will be published in Signs, and the author will be provided an honorarium of $1,000. All papers submitted for the Stimpson Prize will be considered for peer review and possible publication in Signs.

:  Feminist scholars in the early years of their careers (less than seven years since receipt of the terminal degree) are invited to submit papers for the Stimpson Prize.  Papers may be on any topic that falls within the broad rubric of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. Papers submitted for the prize must be no longer than 10,000 words and must conform to the guidelines for Signs contributors.  Guidelines for submission are available at the Information for Authors page.

Deadline for Submissions
:  The deadline for submissions for the next Catharine Stimpson Prize is March 1, 2017.

Please submit papers online at Be sure to select "Major Article—Stimpson Prize" as the article type when submitting and to indicate submission for the Stimpson Prize in the cover letter. Please send any inquiries to The honorarium will be awarded upon publication of the prize-winning article.




Congratulations to Venla Oikkonen, winner of the 2015 Catharine Stimpson Prize, for her essay, “Mitochondrial Eve and the Affective Politics of Human Ancestry,” in the Spring 2015 issue of Signs (vol. 40, no. 3).