The Pauline Hopkins Society is pleased to sponsor two categories of awards, given biannually at American Literature Association meetings: a scholarship award, presented to the author of an outstanding scholarly publication on Pauline E. Hopkins and her work; and a high school essay award, presented to the winner(s) of a high school essay contest for Boston-area students.

The winners of the 2015 high school essay contest were Bethany Barrett (winner) and Toluwalope Moses (first runner up), both students of Boston Latin School.   Their essays were featured in the 2015-16 PEHS Newsletter.

Entering the High School Essay Contest
The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Memorial Award is a bi-annual prize offered to one or two college-bound African American female students in the Boston and Cambridge, MA, public school systems who submit essays on any aspect of social justice.

The award is intended to commemorate the life and work of the Boston and Cambridge-based writer Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930). A pioneering editor and journalist, noted public speaker, and extremely prolific writer, Hopkins first came to prominence when she won an award for an essay she wrote as a teenager on the “Evils of Intemperance and Their Social Remedy.”  The first female African American playwright, she went on to write short stories, novels, and the biographical series Famous Men of the Negro Race and Famous Women of the Negro Race. She also served as the editor-in-chief of the Colored American Magazine and the New Era Magazine.

The next award deadline will be April 1, 2017, with presentation occurring during the American Literature Association conference in Boston in late May 2017. Submissions should be sent to .