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To foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen, JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America) 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.

Essay Topic

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, JASNA is looking for short essays that address the following questions:

Imagine that you are adapting an Austen novel for stage or film. What elements might you be tempted to change – especially for a modern audience – that should not be tampered with if the integrity of the work is to be preserved? These elements could be scenes, characters, dialogue or something else. Explain why they are so crucial to the novel. How does what can and cannot be changed shed light on Austen’s popularity and influence?

Who can apply?

Students at the high school, college and graduate levels.

Awards

Judges select first, second, and third-place winners in each of the three divisions.

Winners will receive:

Cash scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000  

Paid registration and two-nights’ lodging for the JASNA Annual General Meeting in Huntington Beach CA, October 6-8 (first place only)

One-year free membership in JASNA

Publication of the winning essays on the JASNA website.

Deadline: May 21, 2017

Contact Details

Contact Meg Levin at essay-contest@jasna.org. You must use “JASNA Essay Contest” in your subject line.

Useful links

Click here for the poster.

For submission guidelines, click here.

For Essay Contest FAQs, click here.

For more details, visit the Essay Contest page at www.jasna.org.

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