February 05, 2024

Call for Papers: 2024 Dorothy Berkson Writing Award in Gender Studies

Submissions due by 5pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Submission may be from any field of study so long as gender is central to the work.

16th Annual Dorothy Berkson Writing Award in Gender Studies


This award recognizes written achievement (e.g., scholarly essays, research projects, creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, or playwriting) focused on gender and authored by a senior.

A monetary prize accompanies the award.

The award winners will present their papers at a reception on April 19, 2024  that celebrates their work. The presentation will be recorded for archival purposes. These awards are given in memory of Dorothy Berkson, professor emerita of English who taught at Lewis & Clark from 1981 until her retirement in 2004.

Submissions due by 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024


  • Submissions may come from any field of study as long as gender is central to the work. The author must be a graduating senior in 2024. Most often the work will be produced in the senior year, but outstanding work from one’s junior year will also be considered.
  • Submissions (maximum 5,000 words) must be accompanied by a faculty recommendation that provides context for the work and speaks to its merits.
  • Email submission with faculty recommendation to genderstudies@lclark.edu. Awardees will be determined by a faculty committee


Professor Berkson was a presenter in Lewis & Clark’s first Gender Studies Symposium. For the gender studies minor, she designed a course titled Gender and Aesthetic Expression, which she continued to teach for many years.


Info about past awardees