Lucky for Jane Austen lovers, the Jane Austen Society of North America sponsors the JASNA Essay Contest each year. In order to encourage the study and appreciation of Jane Austen’s incredible books, JASNA offers these generous awards. This year’s topic, “female “villains” in Austen’s novels,” is sure to be a popular one!
Who is eligible to enter the JASNA Essay Contest?
This essay contest is open to all high school, college, and graduate students. While the essay must be written in English, students from around the world are invited to apply. Since this is an essay contest, winners are chosen by the quality of their writing. The website states that “original insights and clear, correct writing” is what they are looking for. Essays should be six to eight pages in length, not including the works cited page. The website has additional specifics about exactly what is required, so be sure to check that out before you start writing. Happy writing, all!
How much is the award for this scholarship contest?
There are a treasure trove of awards, including cash and even an amazing opportunity to attend the JASNA annual meeting!
- Cash scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000
- One year of free membership in the Jane Austen Society of North America
- Publication of the winning essays on the JASNA website
- First place winners receive free registration and two nights’ lodging at the
Annual General Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, October 9-11, 2020
When is the deadline to enter this essay contest?
The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 1, 2020.
For a handy dandy list of FAQs, click here.
Would you like to read previous winning essays? Click here to take a peek!
Click here for a poster of the contest.
Still have questions? Please contact Meg Levin at [email protected]. Make sure you use “JASNA Essay Contest” in your subject line.
Best of luck to all Janeites!