Essay Awards

Essay Awards

Screen offers two awards, the Annette Kuhn Essay Prize and the Screen Award, running in alternate years.

Annette Kuhn Essay Award: now open for submissions

The Annette Kuhn Essay Award was established in 2014, in recognition of Professor Kuhn’s outstanding contribution to Screen and her wider commitment to the development of screen studies and screen theory. 

This biennial award offers £1,000 to the author of the best debut article in film and television studies, as judged by the Screen editors and members of the journal’s editorial advisory board. It is now open for submissions for debut articles published between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019.


The submitted essay should provide an original contribution to the theoretical or empirical exploration of screen media, but there are no requirements in terms of specific content or methodological approach. The criteria for entry are as follows:

  • It is the debut single-authored journal essay by the scholar
  • It has been or is due to be published in a refereed journal
  • The date of first publication falls between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019 (n.b. the date of first publication may be an online publication date in advance of a print issue)
  • It is written in English

We will still consider your debut article under the following circumstances, although we request you flag these up on your submission form:

  • You have previously published a different essay as a book chapter
  • You have previously published a different essay in a journal under special circumstances (such as an undergraduate essay prize where you did not compete in an open, blind peer-reviewed forum)
  • You have previously published a conference report, book review or similar short piece in a peer-reviewed journal
  • You have previously published no more than one co-authored essay in a peer-reviewed journal
  • You previously published this essay in another language, but both the initial publication and the English-language publication fall within the relevant calendar years

Please contact Screen if you are unsure whether your article is eligible for submission. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2020.

Download Annette Kuhn Prize Submission Form 2018-19.

Read about our previous winners.

The Screen Award

In 1994 Screen created an occasional Award of £1,000 to go to the writer(s) of the best article or research paper(s) submitted to the journal during a particular year. The aim of the Award was to promote research and scholarship in screen studies and to encourage new and younger scholars.

After a 12-year hiatus, the Screen Award recommenced in 2019. The winning article, drawn from essays published in volumes 58-59, was Betwixt and between, forever sixteen: American silent cinema and the emergence of female adolescence (Screen 58/3) by Diana W. Anselmo of Georgia State University.

The next Screen Award will be presented in 2021.

Previous Screen Award winners

The 2006/07 Award winner was Chris Cagle (Temple University), for 'Two modes of prestige film', Screen, vol. 48, no. 3.

The 2004/05 award was made to two authors: Helen Piper (University of Bristol), for 'Reality TV, Wife Swap and the Drama of Banality', Screen, vol. 45, no. 4; and Malin Wahlberg (Stockholm University), for 'Wonders of Cinematic Abstraction: JC Mol and the Aesthetic Experience of Science Film', Screen, vol. 47, no. 3.

The winner of the Award for manuscripts submitted in 2002, was Jodi Brooks (University of New South Wales) for 'Ghosting the machine: the sounds of tap and the sounds of film', Screen, vol. 44, no. 4.

The 1998-9 winner was Julianne Pidduck (then Warwick University, now Lancaster University), for 'Of windows and country walks: frames of space and movement in 1990s Austen adapations', Screen, vol. 39, no. 4.

The 1996-7 winner was Lalitha Gopalan (Georgetown University, Washington DC), for  'Avenging women in Indian cinema', Screen, vol. 38, no. 1.

In 1994-5 the judges selected joint winners: Ravi Vasudevan (Centre for Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi) for  'Addressing the spectator of a 'third world' national cinema: the Bombay "social" film of the 1940s and 1950s', Screen, vol. 36, no. 4; and Shelley Stamp Lindsey (Theater Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz) for: 'Is any girl safe?: female spectators at the white slave films', Screen, vol. 37, no. 1.