English Postgraduate Essay Prize

english08The editors of English: the Journal of the English Association were very pleased to initiate in 2017 the opening of an annual essay competition exclusive to postgraduates. The competition provides an ideal opportunity for students to enhance their CV through the publication of their work in an excellent high-profile journal that caters to a very wide range of genres, periods, and critical approaches. We are looking for essays that provide new perspectives on canonical and/or non-canonical Anglophone literatures, and therefore welcome submissions that focus on single authors/texts or a range, and which develop original arguments beyond simple close reading, while engaging with recent scholarship in relevant fields.

The competition is open to any postgraduate student who is registered on a doctoral programme at any institution anywhere in the world, by, or within three months of, the submission deadline: October 22nd 2020

All essays are subject to an anonymous peer review by a panel of established experts in literary studies and all will be considered for publication in English: the Journal of the English Association. The award of £250 and publication in the journal will be made to the winner. There will also be a runner up prize of £100. Each will receive a year’s subscription to English.


Submissions should be made through the journal’s submission portal: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/english

Please include EPEP in the submission title to indicate it is to be considered for the prize.

Submissions should meet the journal’s criteria for publication outlined on the journal webpages: https://academic.oup.com/english/pages/General_Instructions


2019 English Essay Competition

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2019 English Postgraduate Essay Prize. The first prize is awarded to Amanda Davis, for ‘‘Ephemeral are gay gulps of laughter’: P. B. Shelley, Louis MacNeice, and the Ambivalence of Laughter’. The runner-up prize goes to Shiri Zuckerstaetter for '(English) dreams vs. (Hebrew) reality: Henry Roth's Call It Sleep as 'Jewish American minor literature"'.

Image of Amanda Blake Davis in front of a buildingAmanda Blake Davis is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sheffield researching androgyny in the poetry and prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her wider research interests include influence and imitation in Romantic poetry and prose, Plato and the Romantics, post-Romantic poets, and modern and contemporary Northern Irish poetry. She is a Postgraduate Representative for the British Association for Romantic Studies.


Find out how to enter the competition at https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/prizes/english-pg-essay-prize. Read more about English at https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/publications/english.

2018 English Essay Competition

The English Association is delighted to announce the winners of the English Postgraduate Essay Prize:

Michael Allen's ‘An Embarrassing Profession: Geoffrey Hill’s Auden’

Samantha Purvis' ‘Happiness and Experimentalism: on H(A)PPY and The Lesser Bohemians’

This year, in break with tradition, the judges wished to acknowledge both winners equally by awarding two first-place prizes. Both winners will receive a year's membership of the English Association with a subscription to English as well as an award of £250.

Find out how to enter the competition at https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/prizes/english-pg-essay-prize.Read more about English at https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/publications/english.


2017 Competition

The winner of the 2017 competition was Doug Battersby's 'Contemporary Realism, Postmodernism, and Bodily Feeling: Ian McGuire's The North Water'. The piece is on the journal's website and will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of English.

A runner-up prize was awarded to Evander Price, whose article '"From Dump to Glory": Phantoms of the 1939 World's Fair' was highly praised by the judges.

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