JASNA’s Annual Student Essay Contest 2021

The annual JASNA Student Essay Contest is now open with entries due by June 1.

The contest is open to high school, college, and graduate students.

This year’s theme, “Jane Austen in the Arts,” is based on the theme for this years AGM. “Arts” is encompassing including fine art, performative art, crafts, and decorative arts.

From the website:

Jane Austen played the piano, embroidered, and attended art exhibits and the theater. The arts also played a role in her novels. In your essay, discuss how Austen uses the arts, whether to reveal character, address social standing, advance the plot, or otherwise make a point. High school students: you may discuss her use of the arts in just one of her novels, though you are welcome to refer to more. Undergraduate and graduate students: you must discuss Austen’s use of the arts in more than one novel. You may use the same art form in each or contrast different arts.

The organizers consider it essential to read the submissions page before submitting

Each division has three winning places with:

  • First Place:  $1,000 scholarship and free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (Transportation to the conference is not provided.)
  • Second Place:  $500 scholarship
  • Third Place:  $250 scholarship

Each winner receives a set of Norton Critical Editions of Austen’s work.

All winners and their mentors receive a one years membership to JASNA.

The winning entries are published on JASNA’s website.

For more information, including previous winning essays, visit the contest’s website.



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