Jane Austen Society of North America 2016 Essay Contest

Jane Austen Society of North America 2016 Essay Contest
22 Dec 2015

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To foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen, JASNA conducts an annual student Essay Contest. Support is generously provided by a grant in memory of the late Russell Clark and in honor of William Phillips, educators and leaders in JASNA’s Greater Chicago Region.
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.

Topic
Education is a running theme in Emma. For instance, there are teacher/pupil relationships, a school, and former and aspiring governesses.  Discuss how this emphasis shapes the plot, develops characters or reflects the views of the period.

Organizer
Jane Austen Society of North America

Prizes
JASNA awards scholarships to the winners in each of three divisions: High School, College/University, and Graduate.

First Place
»$1000 scholarship
»Free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Washington DC [Note: Transportation to Washington DC is not provided.] »Recognition at the AGM and on the JASNA web site
»Publication of the essay on JASNA’s web site
»One year’s membership in JASNA for both the winner and his or her mentor
»A set of Norton Critical Editions of Jane Austen’s novels

Second Place
»$500 scholarship
»Recognition at the AGM and on the JASNA web site
»Publication of the essay on JASNA’s web site
»One year’s membership in JASNA for both the winner and his or her mentor
»A set of Norton Critical Editions of Jane Austen’s novels

Third Place
»$250 scholarship
»Recognition at the AGM and on the JASNA web site
»Publication of the essay on JASNA’s web site
»One year’s membership in JASNA for both the winner and his or her mentor
»A set of Norton Critical Editions of Jane Austen’s novels

Deadline
May 15, 2016.

Guidelines
»The essay must be written in English.
»The essay must be 6-8 pages in length, not including the Works Cited page.
»The title of the essay should appear at the top of page one; further pages should be numbered on the top right; the student’s name must not appear on the essay.
»The essay must be in MLA format (double-spaced and in 12 point type throughout, with one-inch margins on all sides of each page).
»Entries must be submitted by the student on the official Essay Contest entry website.  Click on this link to visit the entry website.  Duplicate entries are not allowed, but a successful submission will be confirmed by e-mail to the address supplied.
»The student must complete the above entry form, which includes a stipulation that the essay is the student’s original work and has not been published elsewhere.
»Entries may include a statement about the student’s mentor; however, a mentor statement is not required.
»Entries must be submitted before midnight PDT on May 15, 2016.
»Contest judging is conducted anonymously.  Personal information about the student, school, and mentor must appear ONLY on the entry form and not in the essay.  Make sure your software does not automatically put your name on each page.
»Your essay must be uploaded along with the entry form on the Essay Contest entry website.  In the event of technical difficulties, contact Meg Levin at http:[email protected]
»Reading previous winning essays will give entrants a very good idea of the sort of essay JASNA is seeking.
»The essay must use MLA documentation, including a Works Cited page and parenthetical citations.  Use end notes only for substantive notes.  Note that source material which is directly quoted as well as that which is paraphrased or summarized must be cited.  Note also that quotations from the Jane Austen work under discussion should be cited.
»The judges value original insights, and clear, correct writing.  Essays should be directed to a well-informed general audience of JASNA members rather than to a strictly academic audience.
»Essays should be based primarily on the students’ own observations, with adequate support from the Jane Austen work(s) under discussion. Since JASNA members are very familiar with Jane Austen’s works, plot summary is unnecessary.
»Essays written for coursework may be submitted but must be submitted individually by the essay’s author.  If research is used as support, students should rely on no more than five sources and should avoid academic terminology unless terms are clearly defined in the body of the essay.
»Entries that do not conform to the above requirements or arrive after the deadline will be disqualified.

Inquiries
Please review the Essay Contest FAQs If you still have questions, contact Meg Levin at [email protected] You must use “JASNA Essay Contest” in your subject line.

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