English Postgraduate Essay Competition 2017

The editors of English: the Journal of the English Association are very pleased to initiate in 2017 the opening of an annual essay competition exclusive to postgraduates. The competition provides an ideal opportunity for students to enhance their CV through the publication of their work in an excellent high-profile journal that caters to a very wide range of genres, periods and critical approaches. We are looking for essays that provide new perspectives on canonical and/or non-canonical Anglophone literatures, and therefore welcome submissions that focus on single author/texts or a range, and which develop original arguments beyond simple close reading, while engaging with recent scholarship in relevant fields.


  • Publication of the winning essay in English: the Journal of the English Association.
  • £250 cash prize for winner
  • £100 cash prize for second place
  • A year’s subscription to the journal


The competition is open to any postgraduate student who is registered on a doctoral programme at any institution anywhere in the world.

Submission Deadline

September 30th, 2017

Submission should be made through the journal’s submission portal

Please include EPEP in the submission title to indicate it is to be considered for the prize.

Submissions should meet the journal’s criteria for publication outlined on the journal web page

Visit Website for more information