Deadline: 1/31/24

The Family Division announces its annual Graduate Student Paper Competition. Papers submitted to the Family Division Student Paper Competition should be of professional quality and may cover a broad range of topics regarding family.


The winner and any runners-up will be announced in Spring 2024.

The first-place winner will receive:

  1. a $150 cash stipend,
  2. a plaque of recognition,
  3. student membership,
  4. conference registration, and
  5. an opportunity to present their paper at the upcoming SSSP meetings in Montréal, Canada.

The runner-up will receive:

  1. a $50 cash stipend, and
  2. a plaque of recognition.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. All authors are a graduate student at the time of submission to the graduate student paper competition; therefore, the paper must be student authored or student co-authored. The paper may not be co-authored with a faculty member or other non-student author.
  2. The paper is not published, accepted, or under review for publication at the time of submission to the competition.
  3. The paper has not been submitted to another SSSP division student paper competition. As per SSSP rules, you may only submit your paper to one division student paper competition.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Papers should be no more than 30 pages in length, including all notes, references, and tables. Submissions should use 12-point font, one-inch margins, and double spacing.
  2. In addition, authors are required to submit their papers through the annual meeting Call for Papers online system. Submissions must be received no later than midnight on January 31, 2024.

To submit:

Please e-mail papers and a cover letter specifying that the paper is to be considered for the Family Division Graduate Student Paper Competition to the Division Co-Chair Tia Dickerson at Please include your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information in the body of your e-mail. Also indicate that your paper is being submitted for the Family Division Graduate Student Paper Competition in the subject line of your e-mail. Please send Microsoft Word or PDF files only. The submission deadline is January 31, 2024, but early submissions are welcome and encouraged.