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Wednesday 12 April 2023

JASNA International Essay Contest for Students

JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America) conducts an annual student Essay Contest to foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen's work. Several hundred students compete for scholarship awards each year.

Who can participate?

The contest is open to students world-wide in three divisions:

  • High School:  students and home-schooled students enrolled at the high school level during the contest year
  • College/University:  students enrolled in at least six credit hours of course work at a junior college, college, or university during the contest year
  • Graduate School:  students enrolled during the contest year in at least three credit hours of graduate course work at a college or university leading to an advanced degree 

Membership in JASNA is not required to enter the contest.

2023 Contest Topic
The 2023 Essay Contest topic is inspired by the theme of our upcoming Annual General Meeting: Pride and Prejudice.

In Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen's other novels, we see proposals and marriages that are motivated by love, as well as those that are better described as arranged marriages or marriages of convenience. Many cultures today also expect arranged marriages (not the same as forced). In your essay, compare and discuss the different types of marriages or courtships found in the novels, whether those relationships are new or longstanding.

• High School Students: You may focus on Pride and Prejudice only, or also bring in other Austen works.
• Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Discuss at least two Austen novels of your choice.

Teachers and Mentors
Please help us spread the word about the Essay Contest. Download the 2023 contest flyer to display in your classroom and distribute to interested students.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Essay Contest Awards
JASNA awards scholarships to winners in each of the three divisions: 

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 

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