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The Katherine Mansfield Society Essay Prize

The Katherine Mansfield Society Essay Prize

The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce its annual essay prize competition for 2016, open to all on the subject of Katherine Mansfield And Russia.


Essays that address all aspects of Katherine Mansfield and Russia, whether literary, cultural, historical, or biographical, are welcomed. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • KM and Chekhov
  • KM and Tolstoy
  • KM and Dostoevsky
  • KM and Russian Literature
  • KM and Marie Bashkirtseff
  • The Hogarth Press and Russia
  • Translating with Koteliansky
  • KM and Constance Garnett
  • KM and the Russian Revolution of 1917
  • KM, Gurdjieff and his Institute
  • KM and Russian Ballet and/or Theatre



The Katherine Mansfield Society


The winner will receive a cash prize of £200 and the winning essay will be considered for publication in Katherine Mansfield Studies (the peer-reviewed yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society, published by Edinburgh University Press)


31 August 2016


  • No entry fee is required.
  • All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of a third party’s work or ideas, without written permission or proper acknowledgment, will result in disqualification.
  • Entries may not have been previously published and should not have been submitted for consideration elsewhere.
  • To be eligible, entries must comply with the word count. The judges reserve the right to disqualify entries which exceed the specified word limits.
  • Entries must be submitted in electronic format to the Chair of judges, who will acknowledge receipt of the entry. There should be no communication with other judges so that the anonymity of entries can be maintained.
  • All entries must be double spaced, with numbered pages in MS Word. Other formats cannot be considered by the judges.
  • Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s name, full mailing address, telephone number and email address. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but NOT the author’s name (to facilitate fair judging). The title page will be removed and replaced by an entry number before being sent to the judges, who, in accordance with the journal’s peer review procedures, will not be told the name, affiliation or any other information about the entrants.
  • Each entrant may submit only one essay per contest.
  • All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
  • All entries must be received by the deadline; late submissions cannot be accepted.
  • The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final. They will assess each entry for its contribution to the field, paying particular attention to the standard of scholarship and presentation, originality, and written style, as well as its relevance to the theme of the essay prize.
  • Entrants will be individually notified of the results by email before the winners are announced and usually within three months of the competition closing date.
  • Submissions of between 5000–6000 words (inclusive of endnotes), in Word format and using MHRA style formatting, should be emailed to the Guest Editor for this volume, Professor Galya Diment, accompanied by a 50 word biography:
  • A detailed MHRA style guide is available from the Katherine Mansfield Society website:


Any comments or questions about these guidelines should be directed to the Chair of judges in the first instance, or to the editors of the journal of Katherine Mansfield Studies.


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