JASNA conducts an annual student Essay Contest to foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen’s works in new generations of readers.
Students world-wide are invited to compete for scholarship awards 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.
Instructions to Apply
Contest Rules and Submission Website:
- Entries MUST address the current essay contest topic or they will not be considered.
- Entries must be submitted by the student through the official Essay Contest Submission website. The site will be open to accept submissions in mid-February. (Use this link.) Duplicate entries are not allowed. Each submission will be confirmed by e-mail using the address supplied.
- The student must complete the official online entry form, which includes a stipulation that the essay is the student’s original work and has not been published elsewhere.
- Entries may include a statement about the student’s mentor; however, a mentor statement is not required.
- Entries must be submitted before midnight PDT on the published deadline date.
- Contest judging is conducted anonymously. Personal information about the student, school, and mentor must appear ONLY on the entry form and not in the essay. Make sure your software does not automatically put your name on each page.
- Your essay and the entry form must be uploaded to the Essay Contest Submission site. If you have difficulties, please contact Meg Levin at email@example.com.
- The essay must be written in English.
- 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 be 6-8 pages in length, not including the Works Cited page.
- The essay must use MLA documentation, including a Works Cited page and parenthetical citations in the body of the text. Use end notes only for substantive notes. Source material that is directly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized must be cited. Quotations from the Jane Austen work under discussion should be cited as well.