The 2nd Annual Postcolonial Studies Association / Journal of Postcolonial Writing Postgraduate Essay Prize 2011

The Postcolonial Studies Association and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing are pleased to announce that entries for the 2011 Postgraduate Essay Prize are now open.

The competition is open to any student registered for a postgraduate degree at any institution in the world on the closing date for submission (30 April 2011).

Essays should not be more than 7500 words long (including bibliographic citations and footnotes), must be presented in accordance with the style guidelines of the MLA and may be on any topic related to postcolonial studies.

Only one submission per person is permissible. All submissions should be made electronically and include two separate attachments:

  1. a completed application form (PDF or Word Doc)
  2. the essay itself.

The author’s identity should not be identifiable from the essay in any way (candidates must ensure that electronic tags such as those generated by MS Word are removed).

Essays or parts of essays that have been published in any form previously are not eligible. Please note that previous entrants are welcome to enter the competition again with a different essay.

Incomplete submissions and submissions which do not meet the above criteria will not be considered.

A prize of £250 will be awarded to the winner, and the winning essay will, subject to editorial approval, be published in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

Should the recipient of the prize not be an existing PSA member, a complementary year-long membership to the PSA will also be awarded. It is not compulsory for candidates to be members to enter the prize.

The winner will be formally notified on 1 July 2011 and the winning essay will be announced at the 2nd PSA conference at Birmingham University on 7-8 July 2011.

Please submit all entries to by 30 April 2011.

All essays will be evaluated anonymously by a panel of academics selected by the PSA Executive and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

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