CWWA Members

Membership Renewal Form 

Dear Members,

The CWWA Executive Committee would like to thank you for renewing your membership for 2017 and your continued support.

Please note, there is no automatic renewal via PayPal this year. If you haven’t renewed for 2017, please find the Membership Renewal Form attached and return to as soon as possible to ensure the timely delivery of your next issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing. Unwaged/students have an option to join with or without the journal subscription. Payment can be made through PayPal or your bank account (details on the form). 

Can we also take this opportunity to share with you some of our features and plans for the coming year:

  • The 2017 CWWA Student Essay Prize, deadline 1st February (details below)
  • A new quarterly all-member’s e-bulletin to coincide with the release of each issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Two upcoming special issues of Contemporary Women’s Writing on Ruth Rendell and Margaret Atwood
  • The CWWA will be represented at the Shared Futures conference (see CFP below)
  • A CWWA sponsored event at Literary Leicester in November. A podcast of 2016’s event – Fay Weldon in conversation with Mary Eagleton – can be found here.
  • Plans for an autumn conference on Contemporary Women’s Poetry (CFP coming soon)
  • Follow us on social media: @the_cwwa on twitter and on Facebook
  • And a brand new CWWA website is in development!

If you have had recent publications or have events to promote then please contact Fiona at for inclusion in the e-bulletin.


Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize

The journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press) is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Essay Prize.  The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary women’s writing, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers and support the professional development of next generation scholars. 

The winner of the inaugural 2016 Essay Prize was Mary Horgan for “About Change: Ali Smith’s Numismatic Modernism.” You can read Mary’s essay here.  Three further submissions were Highly Commended and will be published in forthcoming issues of the journal.

Prize  The winning entry will be:

  • Submitted for publication in Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Awarded one year’s free membership of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, including one year’s free subscription to Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Awarded a choice of Oxford University Press books to the value of £100

Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.

Entry Requirements
The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for PhD study or within three years of completion.  Entrants may be asked to provide formal confirmation of their status.

Essays must be 7,000-9,000 words in length.  The deadline for submission is 1st February 2017.  The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  Submissions must comply with the journal’s Instructions to Authors – click here to view.  Entrants must submit essays by the standard Online Submission procedures – click here to view.  Please ensure that you select ‘Essay Prize’ in the ‘Submission Type’ box.

Essays should meet the general aims and scope of the journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing – for more information please click here.  Please note that essays submitted for publication will be subject to the standard Peer Review process.  Entries will be judged by members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Editorial Board and a member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Executive Committee.



This is an open call for papers for a pre-constituted panel at the

English: Shared Futures conference which will take place in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 5th-7th July 2017.

 ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing: Archiving for the Future’

Chair: Rosie White

How is contemporary women’s writing being remembered now and how will it be remembered in the future?  This panel will address current work on archival materials regarding contemporary women writers.

Regarding contemporary writing the writer in question may still be alive, organising her own archive and the creation of her own legacies.

What are the implications of using private materials/reading personal diaries by and about a living subject? How reliable is archived material curated by the writer herself?  These issues raise questions about the dichotomy between the deceased – and at times more fetishized – writer and the living author who can still approach her archive with some sort of agency Where are contemporary women writers’ archives being lodged and how is women’s writing being preserved and recorded for future generations? 

What does ‘the archive’ mean for contemporary women’s writing?  Whose work is being archived and who remains absent from such a record?

We invite contributions from academics working on the archived materials of contemporary women writers, addressing issues such as access to and availability of materials, copyright negotiations and archival absences.

We also invite abstracts which address issues such as the gender politics of archival work in contemporary literary studies, the role of the archive in canon formation and the technology of archives in an online environment.

Please send 300 word proposals to by 15th January 2017, with a short biographical note.