Submit Your Best Essays about Film and Television

Feb 13, 2023

History and theory, criticism, and analysis—we want it all!  

Named for the film scholar and former Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, the Dr. Helen Connell Essay Contest celebrates thoughtful, provocative, and critical writing about film and television. We welcome essays of 2,000 – 3,500 words from all Barry students, regardless of major. Winner will receive a $50 cash prize and publication in Sigma Tau Delta’s literary journal, What Oft Was Thought. Submit by March 1!


To be considered for an award, the student should submit an essay of no fewer than 2,000 words and no more than 3,500. Only one essay per student may be submitted. 

Submission Instructions 

  • Email submissions as attachments to: 
  • Subject should read, “Helen Connell Essay Award” 
  • Entries must be typed in Word, Times New Roman, 12 point 
  • In separate attachment titled “Personal Information,” please provide the following information: Name, student number, permanent address, telephone number, e-mail address, academic major, and short biographical sketch (no more than three sentences). 

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