SCMS: TV SIG Graduate Student Essay Contest

It’s time again for our second annual Graduate Student Essay Contest. The top three essays will get extensive feedback and suggestions for revision. The winning essay will be published in the excellent journal New Review of Film & Television Studies, appearing in the final issue of 2021. Submissions will go through a double-blind peer review. The winner will be announced at the SCMS 2021 Virtual TV SIG Meeting & Social Event. We want to thank the NRFTVS editor, Maria San Filippo, for her ongoing support of this collaboration.

Guidelines: Authors must be registered members of the Television SIG and graduate students for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Essay topics may range from across a broad spectrum of subjects related to television studies, including but not limited to historical, industrial, technological, textual and audience-centered research topics.

They may not be previous published work, or under review at another journal. We will accept any original work, but it must be centrally related to television in all of its various manifestations. Submissions should also be keeping with the Aim and Scope of NRFTS, as well as use the journal’s formatting guide. We recommend visiting their website here:

Please submit essays as a Microsoft Word document to by 11:59 on January 15. Please ensure that name and contact information is listed in your email message, and that your essay is scrubbed of any identifying information.

Send questions to Eleanor Patterson at