SCMS Television Scholarly Interest Group Graduate Student Essay Contest

We are excited to announce that submissions for the 2022 award cycle are being accepted through December 15, 2021.

Now in its third annual year, this contest highlights the voices of emerging scholars who study TV. The top three essays will get extensive feedback and suggestions for revision. The winning essay will be published in New Review of Film & Television Studies, appearing in the final issue of 2022. Submissions will go through a double-blind peer review. The winner will be announced at the SCMS 2022 TV SIG Meeting & Social Event.


Authors must be registered members of the Television SIG and graduate students for the 2021 – 2022 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 Aims & Scope of NRFTS, as well as use the journal’s formatting guide.

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

We are delighted to announce Peter Arne Johnson (Boston University) has been awarded the winner of the 2021 TV SIG Grad Essay Contest! 

Johnson’s essay “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Spatial and Industrial Logics of Home Fitness Technologies” was published in our Winter 2021 Issue (19.4), available to read online now!

Congratulations as well to the 2021 cycle’s finalists! 

“The Big Ear of Leuk (1974-2020): The Media History of a Large Technical Infrastructure” Marie Sandoz, Faculté des Lettres, Université de Lausanne

“My job is to live my life, not save yours: Queer Emotional Labor, Audiences, and Netflix’s Queer Eye,” Cameron Lynn Brown, University of Iowa 

Read inaugural prize winner Grace Jung article “Recovering the TV career of Korean American comedian Johnny Yune” in our Winter 2020-2021 Issue (18.4).