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Essay Contest

What do these iconic Ms. covers mean to you?

Over the past forty years Ms. magazine has offered feminist reporting and perspectives on topics ranging from Marilyn Monroe to childbirth, from breast cancer to domestic violence. A group of Stanford faculty and editors of Ms. have selected forty Ms. covers from the magazine's inaugural freestanding issue in 1972 to today. We invite you to submit a 150-word essay about one of these covers.

Ten $100 cash prizes will be awarded for the best short essays. Entries will be judged on originality, vision, awareness of feminist issues and quality of expression. Winning entries will be displayed alongside the Ms. covers on the Stanford campus in January 2012.

Contest ran from August 1, 2011 - October 15, 2011.

The essay contest is now closed.

Ms. cover july 1972 Ms. cover august 1972 ms. cover december 1972 ms cover january 1973
ms. cover november 1973 ms. cover august 1974ms. cover august 1974  ms. cover august 1976 ms. cover novebmer 1976
ms. cover september 1977 ms. cover november 1977 ms. cover january 1978 ms. cover october 1979 ms. cover december 1979
ms. cover february 1981 ms. cover august 1982 ms. cover april 1988 ms. cover october 1988 ms. cover september 1990
ms. cover may 1991 ms. cover november 1991 ms. cover march 1992 ms. cover march 1993 ms. cover may 1993
ms. cover november 1993 ms. cover september 1994 ms. cover may 1995 ms. cover march 1997 ms. cover september 1998
ms. cover february 2001 ms. cover october 2001 ms. cover spring 2002 ms. cover spring 2003 ms. cover fall 2007
ms. cover spring 2008 ms. cover fall 2009 ms. cover summer 2009 ms cover winter 2011 ms cover spring 2011