The Graduate Student Caucus of the Comics Studies Society endeavors to, following our by-laws, “recognize the outstanding efforts of graduate students working in the field through prizes for outstanding student work.” We have done so annually in the awarding of the Hillary Chute Award for Best Graduate Student Conference Presentation. Past winners include Alex Smith (2018), Isabelle Martin (2019), and Haniyeh Barahouie (2020). For 2021, the parameters of the award have been changed, and they will remain changed going forward, but the award will nonetheless recognize outstanding comics studies scholarship by graduate students. From the 2021 cycle onwards, the award will be known as the Hillary Chute Award for Best Graduate Student Paper.
Rather than specifically recognize a conference presentation, acknowledging the privilege inherent in being able to attend and present at conferences under the best of circumstances, the Hillary Chute Award will henceforth recognize a graduate student paper under the following conditions:
- The author must be a graduate student during the awards cycle (2021) or have been a graduate student in the year before the awards cycle. This means that the author must either be enrolled in a graduate program at the point of submission or have completed one the year before. Concerning the latter, an author submitting work for consideration in the 2021 cycle may have a degree date no earlier than 2020.
- The author must be a member of CSS at the point of submission. More information on how to join or renew membership may be found on the Society’s website.
- The paper must be at least 7 but no more than 15 pages (not including citations or images). It must have been written during the eligibility year (2020). It may be a conference or seminar paper, or it may be an excerpt from a larger work (like an M.A. thesis or dissertation), but it must stand for evaluation on its own.
The Chute Award winner will receive a plaque and a monetary prize. They will also have the opportunity to have a consultation with an editor of INKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society.
Submissions will be due on March 15th, 2021, and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions concerning the Awards process at large, please contact CSS Awards Coordinator Biz Nijdam at the address above. For questions specific to the Chute, you may contact me at email@example.com.