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Women and Gender Studies High School Writing Prize

The Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women’s Studies at Seton Hall University sponsors an annual high school essay contest. Students are asked to write about a female role model who has inspired and influenced them. Contest winners receive a monetary prize and the first-prize winner has the opportunity to present his or her paper at Seton Hall University's annual Women and Gender Studies Conference. The submission deadline each year is in February.

If you have questions about the contest, please contact Dr. Mary Balkun, Professor of English at

2016 Winners

First Prize:
Aeva Karlsrud
“Art Activist, Anonymous: The Woman Who Changed the Art World”
Delaware Valley Regional HS

Honorable Mention:
Sara Portela
“A Declaration of Independence”
Livingston HS

Matt Quan
“The Thinker”
Livingston HS

Rana Hussein
“Unapologetically, Me”
Lenape HS