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Fifth Postgraduate Essay Competition 2016 (The Simon Dentith Memorial Prize)

Fifth Postgraduate Essay Competition 2016 (The Simon Dentith Memorial Prize)

The annual Raymond Williams Society Essay Competition has been renamed in honour of our late and much-missed colleague, Simon Dentith (1952-2014), former editor of Key Words and competition judge.

The aim of the Raymond Williams Society postgraduate essay competition for work founded in the tradition of cultural materialism is to encourage a new generation of scholars in this area, especially those grounded in discourses and approaches arising from the work of Raymond Williams.


Any topic of choice


Raymond Williams Society


Winning entry receives 100 GBP


3 June 2016


  • The competition is open to anyone studying for a higher degree (masters or doctoral) in the UK or elsewhere, or who graduated no earlier than 31 July 2014.
  • The prize for the winning entry is 100 GBP and a year’s subscription to the Society. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in Key Words.
  • Entries should be 5-7,000 words in length, including endnotes, which should normally be kept to a minimum.
  • Entries must follow the Key Words Style Notes for contributors. The Style Notes, and information about previous winning entries, can be found on the Raymond Williams Society’s website:
  • Entries should be sent to Catherine Clay at
  • They should be accompanied by a brief coversheet with the following details:
  1. Name
  2. Postal address
  3. Email address
  4. Institutional affiliation
  5. Current or most recent programme of study
  6. Date of graduation (if applicable)
  7. Title of essay
  8. Word count
  • Please also ask your supervisor to send us an email confirming your status.


Please direct all inquiries to Catherine Clay at


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