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JASNA Essay Contest for World-wide Contestants

Entries for the JASNA Essay Contest are now being invited. Those who are currently enrolled at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels are welcome to apply. There is no citizenship restriction. The winning students will receive benefit of maximum $1,000.

Scholarship Description
In celebration of the anniversary of the publication of Emma, The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is excited to announce Essay Contest. The contest is open to students world-wide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study.

Award Value

  • First Place will receive $1000 scholarship and free registration and two nights’ lodging for the 2019 AGM in Williamsburg, VA.
  • Second Place winner will receive $500 scholarship
  • Third Place winner will receive $250 scholarship

Level and Area of Studies
High school, college/university, and graduate school levels in all subjects

Place of Study: Not specified.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter.
  • The Essay Contest is open to students world-wide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study.
  • Entrants do not need to be members of JASNA.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time or part-time in coursework during one or more semesters/quarters of the contest year.
  • Home-schooled students at the high school level are also eligible.
  • Part-time is defined for the college/university level as a minimum of six credit hours and for the graduate level as a minimum of three credit hours leading to an advanced degree.

Applicants’ Nationality
All nationals are eligible for this JASNA Essay Contest.

Application Instruction
For applying the JASNA Essay Contest, the candidates must complete the entry form and upload essay and write an essay on the following topic:

Northanger Abbey can be described as a book about books. There is, of course, the well-known “defense of the novel,” but characters also discuss their reading habits, name specific novels, and even consider history books. In her works, Austen often makes use of fiction, poetry or plays, either explicitly or indirectly. Explore how she does this in Northanger Abbey. High school students may bring in another Austen novel but are not required to do so; undergraduate and graduate students must bring in one or more additional novels.

Submission Deadline
3 June 2019.

Website and Application Link

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