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Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

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. The application deadline is May 15, the number of awards is 3, and the maximum awards amount is $1,000.


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

    -The essay contest is open to students worldwide 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.

    Essay contest topic: In keeping with the theme of our annual meeting, Emma at 200: "No One But Herself," JASNA is looking for essays that address the following: 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.

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