English Postgraduate Essay Prize

The editors of English: the Journal of the English Association are 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: September 30th 2017 (Winner announced December 2017).

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:

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: