Persuasions #11, 1989 Page 21
Second Annual JASNA Literary Competition
Second Annual JASNA Literary Competition, with three of the four
finalists, announced at the AGM in Santa Fe in October, were Lorraine
Vancouver, B.C. (Second year student at the University of British
Darcy Dreher, Powell, Ohio (Junior at Ohio State University); Yin Liu,
Alberta (First year student at the University of Alberta); and Alberto
Richmond, B.C. (Second year student at the University of British
Literary Competition Committee, consisting of Garnet Bass, Mary
Victoria Carson, Gene Koppel, Edith Lank, Marylea Meyersohn, Catherine
Sadler, Elsa Solender, and Mary Gaither Marshall (Chairman) agreed that
merited the first prize of $750, but that four entries, instead of
deserved the runners-up prizes of $250.
and Prejudice the reading public’s favourite Austen
Perhaps, but apparently it was not a favourite composition topic.
Only forty-one entries were received on the 1989 topic: “Choose
two characters from Pride and Prejudice (other
Elizabeth and Darcy) and discuss how Jane Austen uses characterization
develop the plot and theme and to add to our understanding of Elizabeth
semi-finalists were chosen from the forty eligible entries (down from
previous year) 29 women, 7 men, and 5 gender not known, freshmen
representing 21 states and 2 provinces of Canada.
Several colleges and universities had multiple submissions.
Carolina State University having the most at six.
Besides the four finalists, the other semi-finalists were
Beall, Lenoir, NC (Sophomore, Meredith College); Susan E. Brooks,
28472 (Junior, North Carolina State University); Connie Dickinson,
(Sophomore, University of Oregon); Bret Drury, Lander, WY (Freshman,
of Wyoming); Cherrill Mears, Anchorage, AK (Junior, University of
Anchorage); Heidi Rolland, South Weymouth, MA (Senior, Wheaton
C. Sears, Alturas, CA (Senior, Dominican College of San Rafael); Joanne
Kent, WA (Junior, University of Oregon); Kirsten Swanson, Paso Robles,
(Junior, University of Puget Sound); and Helen S. Townsend, Federal
(Senior, University of Puget Sound).
The 1990 Annual JASNA competition will include for the first time a category for graduate students. All JASNA members are urged to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to enter essays on the topic “Compare the lovers in Sense and Sensibility and discuss how Jane Austen uses their relationships to define “sense” and “sensibility.”