Jane Austen Essay Contest

 

 

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”

- Jane Austen, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

 

 

I don't know about you, but I LOVE Jane Austen. My first encounter with Jane's writing was in high school, long before movies of her books became popular. If you love Jane Austen like I do, this is the contest for you! 

 

Every year, the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) sponsors an essay contest for students in high school (homeschool included), college, and graduate school. The subject? Jane Austen, of course! 

 

This year, the contest topic is NORTHANGER ABBEY in honor of the 200th anniversary of the novel. 

 

Here is an overview of the contest (from the website):

 

Northanger Abbey can be described as a book about books. There is, of course, the well-known "defense of the novel,” but characters also discuss their reading habits, name specific novels, and even consider history books. In her works, Austen often makes use of fiction, poetry or plays, either explicitly or indirectly. Explore how she does this in Northanger Abbey. High school students may bring in another Austen novel but are not required to do so; undergraduate and graduate students must bring in one or more additional novels. 

 

AWARDS INCLUDE:
 

FIRST PLACE

$1,000 scholarship 

Free registration and lodging at the JASNA annual meeting

 

SECOND PLACE

$500 scholarship

 

THIRD PLACE

$250 scholarship

 

All winners and their mentors will receive a one-year membership for free to the Jane Austen Society of North America

 

Deadline is June 3, 2019

 

 

 

For submission guidelines and other information, visit:

www.jasna.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

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