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Beaverbrook Media@McGill Student/CCA Paper Prize

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Media@McGill co-sponsors a $1,000 award for the best student paper submitted to the Canadian Communication Association annual conference. Winning authors are expected to provide a biography and a copy of the winning paper for publication on the M@M website. For a list of students awarded the prize in previous competitions, click here.


For full criteria, click here.


  • To recognize and honour the most promising scholars in Canadian Communication Studies
  • To promote scholarly excellence in the field
  • To raise the profile of student activity in graduate programs of Communication across Canada

Who is eligible

  • Students currently enrolled in a graduate program in Communications at a Canadian university or a Canadian student (including permanent residents or landed immigrants) enrolled in a graduate program in Communications abroad
  • Students must be fully-paid members of the CCA at the time that they submit their paper for consideration
  • Previous winners may not apply unless they have completed the degree in which they were enrolled at the time of winning and are now in a different degree program

What is eligible

  • Any single-authored scholarly essay
  • Essays must be submitted by the author

How to submit

  • Students must submit their paper electronically to the chair of the jury (usually the President of the CCA) by the stated deadline in the annual conference call for papers
  • Papers must be in a readable format, either Word, RTF or PDF • Papers must be between 6000 - 8000 words, inclusive of bibliography and appendices, and adhere to a recognized scholarly format
  • A cover page with the paper’s title, the author’s name, contact info, university affiliation, and degree status must be included

Submission deadlines

  • Set annually by the CCA conference coordinating team (English language conference chair, French language conference chair, President and Vice-President)
  • Failure to submit a version of the paper that adheres to the guidelines here or to secure membership in the CCA by the time of submission will result in disqualification.