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Jane Austen Society UK Graduate and
Early Career Researcher Essay Prize 2020

This prize is inaugurated in 2020 by the Jane Austen Society to promote scholarship on Jane Austen among postgraduate and early career researchers at universities in the United Kingdom. It is supported by donations to the Society's Jane Austen 250 Fund.

The Prize


The winner's prize will comprise


A 200 prize


Publication of the winning essay on the website of the Jane Austen Society and, subject to editorial judgement, in Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line (the journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America)


One year's free membership of the Jane Austen Society


There will be a second prize of 100.

Competition Rules


The competition is open to students in any discipline. The essay may be on any aspect of Jane Austen and her life, work, or times. This embraces literature, stylistics, philosophy, and history, including cultural, intellectual, social, political, economic, scientific, material, art and religious history as they relate to Jane Austen.


The competition is open to anyone currently registered for a higher degree (Master's or Doctor's at a university in the United Kingdom, OR who has been awarded one within the previous three years. An entry form is available here and will require the signature of the Academic Supervisor or Head of Department, confirming the entrant's status. Applicants who are completing doctoral degrees are advised to check with their institutions as to any regulations covering the publication of material extracted from their theses prior to the submission of the whole thesis.


Entrants should follow MHRA style, with footnotes rather than endnotes. Essays must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known. All published essays will be subject to the same copyright terms as everything else published in the journal and on the website indicated in note 1 above.


The word limit for the essay is a maximum of 7000 words. Entrants are required to provide an abstract (250 words) and a word count.


The deadline for the submission of essays is Thursday 31 December 2020. The prizes will be awarded at the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society on Saturday 10 July 2021.


Essays, together with the entry form, should be submitted to



The panel for the prize will consist of two established academic experts on Jane Austen and a Trustee of the Jane Austen Society.


The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be considered. The judges reserve the right to award no prize if submitted material is not of an appropriate standard. The judges also reserve the right to recommend revisions to the prize-winning essay prior to publication.