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2014 JASNA Essay Competition

2014 JASNA Essay Competition

To foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen, JASNA conducts an annual student Essay Contest, with support generously provided by the Sonia Raiziss Giop Charitable Foundation.

Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter.

2014 JASNA Essay Competition

Topic

Mansfield Park in Montréal: Contexts, Conventions and Controversies”

Synopsis

Consider the role of silence in Mansfield Park.  Sometimes silence is chosen, sometimes it is forced, and sometimes it just happens.  The number of times the narrator remarks that people say nothing is quite surprising, yet the narrator too is silent on important points.  And sometimes only the narrator fills the silence on equally important points, especially about Fanny.  What do we learn from the silences of Mansfield Park?

Organizer

The Jane Austen Society of North America, Inc

Prizes

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

First Place

  • One year’s membership in JASNA for both the winner and his or her mentor
  • $1000 scholarship
  • Free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Montréal, Canada [Note: Transportation to Montréal is not provided.]
  • Recognition at the AGM and on the JASNA web site
  • Publication of the essay on JASNA’s web site
  • One of Jane Austen’s novels

Second Place

  • One year’s membership in JASNA for both the winner and his or her mentor
  • $500 scholarship
  • Free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Montréal, Canada [Note: Transportation to Montréal is not provided.]
  • Recognition at the AGM and on the JASNA web site
  • Publication of the essay on JASNA’s web site
  • One of Jane Austen’s novels

Third Place

  • One year’s membership in JASNA for both the winner and his or her mentor
  • $250 scholarship
  • Free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Montréal, Canada [Note: Transportation to Montréal is not provided.]
  • Recognition at the AGM and on the JASNA web site
  • Publication of the essay on JASNA’s web site
  • One of Jane Austen’s novels

Deadline

15 May, 2014

Guidelines

  • 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.
  • The Submissions page includes important rules about format and submission of essays and a link to the official Essay Contest entry form.

Inquiries

Please review the Essay Contest FAQs. If you still have questions, contact Eric Nye at eric.nye@jasna.org. You must use “JASNA Essay Contest” in your subject line.

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