JASNA Essay Contest

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma, The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is excited to announce Essay Contest. The contest is open to students world-wide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study. Three winners will be chosen and scholarship awards ranges from scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000.

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is a nonprofit organization and it is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.


  • Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter.
  • The Essay Contest is open to students world-wide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study.
  • Entrants do not need to be members of JASNA.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time or part-time in coursework during one or more semesters/quarters of the contest year.
  • Home-schooled students at the high school level are also eligible.
  • Part-time is defined for the college/university level as a minimum of six credit hours and for the graduate level as a minimum of three credit hours leading to an advanced degree.

How to Apply:

For applying the JASNA Essay Contest, the candidates must complete the entry form and upload essay and write an essay on the following topic:

“Education is a running theme in Emma. For instance, there are teacher/pupil relationships, a school, and former and aspiring governesses.  Discuss how this emphasis shapes the plot, develops characters or reflects the views of the period.”

Essay Format:

  • The essay must be written in English.
  • The essay must be 6-8 pages in length, not including the Works Cited page.
  • The title of the essay should appear at the top of page one, further pages should be numbered on the top right, the student’s name must not appear on the essay.
  • The essay must be in MLA format (double-spaced and in 12 point type throughout, with one-inch margins on all sides of each page).
  • The essay must use MLA documentation, including a Works Cited page and parenthetical citations.  Use end notes only for substantive notes.

Submitting Details:

The candidates can submit essay on-line through the given link:


Award Amount:

  • JASNA awards scholarships to the winners in eachof three divisions: High School, College/University, and Graduate.
  1. First Place will receive $1000 scholarship and free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Washington DC
  2. Second Place winner will receive $500 scholarship
  3. Third Place winner will receive $250 scholarship
  • All the three winners will also receive:
  1. Recognition at the AGM and on the JASNA web site
  2. Publication of the essay on JASNA’s web site
  3. One year’s membership in JASNA for both the winner and his or her mentor
  4. A set of Norton Critical Editions of Jane Austen’s novels

Application Deadline:

Entries must be submitted online by May 15, 2016.

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