The Marxist Literary Group is pleased to announce the eighteenth annual Michael Sprinker Graduate Writing Competition, established to remember and further Michael’s commitment to Marxist intellectual work and to graduate teaching and students.  The award recognizes an essay or dissertation chapter that engages with Marxist theory, scholarship, pedagogy, and/or activism.  Submissions will be judged by a committee of the MLG.  The winner receives a prize of $500 and automatic entry of the essay into the peer review process for the MLG's journal Mediations.

The winner will be announced at the MLG’s annual Institute on Culture and Society, to be held at the University of California, Davis, June 24-28, 2017.  For further information on the Institute, see or send questions to

Any and all current graduate students are eligible, although submissions must be in English.  Membership in the MLG is recommended but not required.  Essays or chapters must be unpublished but finished work, and must be an absolute maximum of 8000 words, including notes and/or works cited. Please include name, mailing address, phone number, and email address on a separate cover sheet.  The writer’s name should not appear on the essay itself.

 Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017.  Please send your documents as attachments in Word (no pdfs, please) to Courtney Maloney at, and send any questions to the same address.