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CSU student essay award

February 5, 2014

The June Friedman Feminist Essay Award will be given annually to two students -- an undergraduate and a graduate student -- for essays that make substantial use of the Friedman Feminist Press Collection at Colorado State University's Archives and Special Collections of Morgan Library.

The award honors June Friedman, a 1981 CSU agronomy major and member of The Feminist Group, a student activist organization. The winners will receive $300 each and their essays will be published on the Friedman Feminist Press Collection website.

The Friedman Feminist Press Collection is the largest collection of books in the Rocky Mountain West published by feminist presses, including the Women’s Press Collective, Shameless Hussy Press, Diana Press, Daughters, Inc., Naiad Press, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Spinsters Ink, The Feminist Press, Seal Press, and Firebrand Press. Providing original sources in feminist/lesbian literature and second-wave feminism, the collection archives multi-genre works of fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay by feminist publishers of the 1970s and 80s that brought women and women’s words out into the world.

This unique collection also includes materials related to the study of feminist publishing and second-wave feminism. The Friedman Feminist Press Collection was established to encourage students and scholars to read and study books published by feminist presses that were integral to the development of feminist movement but may no longer be in print.


To be eligible for the award, a student must be enrolled and in good standing in an accredited college program at Colorado State University. One award will be given to an undergraduate student and another to a graduate student. Entries will be judged on originality, incorporation of Friedman Feminist Press Collection books and related materials, and quality of expression. The essay may originally have been written for an academic course. Please note that research must be conducted at Archives and Special Collections of Morgan Library because the books within this collection are non-circulating.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Comparison of feminist literary themes or social topics through multiple feminist-press published works;
  • Comparison of a work or works by feminist presses with works published by traditional publishers;
  • Examination of the history and literary production of a single press;
  • Research of the production history of a feminist press-published work;
  • Research of the critical response to a feminist press-published work;
  • Analysis of a second-wave issue or debate as found in feminist press-published works;
  • Study of characters or plots in relation to feminist issues of their time; and
  • Literary analysis of fictional works by a single or multiple authors.

Submission information

Essays must be submitted by 5:00 PM, April 25th, 2014. To submit an essay, email a typed, double-spaced copy to For more information, contact Victoria Lopez-Terrill at 970-491-1466.

Provide a cover sheet with essay title, author name, email address, and phone number and indicate whether the submission is for the undergraduate or graduate award. Include the title of the essay and page number in the header of each page of the essay. Do not put author name in the header.

Award winners will be notified May 16, 2014, and announced through university media.

Contact: Victoria Lopez-Terrill
Phone: 491-1466