University of Arizona, Tucson

“Language casts sheaves of
reality upon the social body, stamping
it and violently shaping it.”

The Straight Mind and Other Essays
by Monique Wittig




This scholarship will be offered annually in honor of the life and work of Monique Wittig, who was a professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson from 1990 to 2003.
The Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship will foster innovation in literary forms and the connection between politics and language. It will allow University of Arizona graduate and undergraduate students to allocate more time to their writing.
This endowed scholarship is open to writers in all fields including literature, film, theatre, poetry, essays and new/mixed media.

Applicants must indicate how their work addresses the political and artistic parameter of the Scholarship, and provide a writing sample and a writing plan that demonstrate how their work will benefit from the Scholarship.
The evaluation committee is composed of colleagues of Monique Wittig, former recipients and the initiator of the scholarship, Sande Zeig, Wittig’s partner.
The application is available every January. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 13th. The Award Ceremony is held in late April.

2005 Scholarship Recipient: Padma Viswanathan

Padma Viswanathan's novel, The Toss of a Lemon, will be published by Random
House Canada in April/08, Harcourt USA in September/08. In 2009 it will also be
published by El Anden in Spain and Garzanti in Italy. The novel was her thesis
at the University of Arizona, and the work for which she received the Monique
Wittig scholarship. Excerpts of the novel have been published in Prism
International and AGNI Online. Her short fiction has also recently been
published in Subtropics, New Letters, and the Malahat Review. Her story
"Transitory Cities" won the 2006 Boston Review Short Story Contest. She now
lives in Arkansas.

2006 Scholarship Recipient: Susan Meyers
  Honorable Mention: Waylon N. Begay and Sandy Yang

2007 Scholarship Recipient: Lydia Omolola Okutoro
2008 Scholarship Recipient: Christina Louise Smith
  Honorable Mention: L. Monique Tippins

For additional information contact: Shannon Ritchie or 520-626-0656.

Donors can support the Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship Endowment
in the following ways:

A gift of cash. ( Please make checks payable to the UA Foundation/Wittig Scholarship Endowment, with "Women's Studies" listed in the memo section.)
. A pledge over three to five years.
. Marketable securities. We accept securities and sell them upon receipt.
. A family foundation can transfer funds to the UA Foundation
. Planned or estate gifts.
. Real Estate or personal property.

All contributions are tax deductible.
All contributions are greatly appreciated.
For further information, please contact Ginny Healy, Development Officer, College of Social and Behavioral at 520 621-3928. The mailing address is:
Monique Wittig Scholarship Endowment, Women's Studies, University of Arizona, PO Box 210438, 925 N. Tyndall, Tucson, AZ, 85721.