The judges value original insights and clear, correct writing. Essays should be directed to a well-informed general audience of JASNA members rather than to a strictly academic audience. Essays should be based primarily on the students’ own observations, with adequate support from the Jane Austen work(s) under discussion. Since JASNA members are very familiar with Jane Austen’s works, plot summary is unnecessary.
Essays written for coursework may be submitted but must be submitted individually by the essay’s author. If research is used as support, students should rely on no more than five sources and should avoid academic terminology unless terms are clearly defined in the body of the essay.
- Entries must be submitted by the student with the official Essay Contest entry form. Click on this link to view the form in Microsoft Word and save it to your computer to fill out.
- The student must complete the above 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 e-mailed on or before May 15, 2014.
- 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.
- Your essay must be submitted via e-mail. Submissions must be sent as attachments to an e-mail message labeled “JASNA Essay Contest Entry.” Send the following attachments as separate documents in Microsoft Word format: (1) the completed entry form and (2) the essay. Send the entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: this e-mail address is solely for essay contest administration and may not be used for questions or other correspondence with JASNA.)
- 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 end notes. Note that source material which is directly quoted as well as that which is paraphrased or summarized must be cited. Note also that quotes from the Jane Austen work under discussion should be cited.
Entries that do not conform to the above requirements or arrive after the deadline will be disqualified.