Thursday, July 5, 2012

Entries Sought: The 4th Katherine Mansfield Essay Prize

Post date: Thursday, July 5, 2012
Deadline: 31 October 2012

Essays are invited that seek to position Mansfield as a (post)colonial modernist, as ‘the little colonial’ whose pioneering experiments in literary form situated her centrally within metropolitan modernism. We welcome studies that deal with the tensions permeating her writing between colonial life and settlement, generated by issues such as: the Maori as indigenous ‘Other’, white settler occupancy, ethnic identity and justice, and Mansfield’s European cosmopolitan geographies. Of particular relevance to the (post)colonial Mansfield is her identity as a diasporic ‘extraterritorial’ writer, semi-nomadic and rootless due to her travel between England and various European destinations, and her volatile feelings about home and belonging.

  • Mansfield and indigenous belonging
  • Mansfield, travel and transport(ation)
  • Mansfield, movement and the distancing self
  • Mansfield and (post)colonial childhood
  • Mansfield and the exile’s ‘return’
  • Mansfield and her (post)colonial legacy
  • Mansfield, race, ethnicity and identity
  • Mansfield and white settler ambivalence
  • Mansfield and roots/routes
  • Mansfield and (post)colonial cosmopolitanism
  • Mansfield and colony versus metropolis

The winner will receive a cash prize of £200 and the winning essay will be considered for publication in Katherine Mansfield Studies (the peer-reviewed journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society, published by Edinburgh University Pres).

The distinguished panel of judges will comprise:
  • Professor Janet Wilson
  • Vice Chair, KMS, Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies, University of Northampton
  • Professor Elleke Boehmer
  • Professor of World Literature, University of Oxford
  • Dr Simone Oettli
  • Chargée d'enseignement, University of Geneva

Essays in Word (.doc) format should be submitted by email attachment to the Chair of the Judging Panel, Professor Janet Wilson: by 31 October 2012.

Submission Guidelines, Rules and Regulations

1. No entry fee is required.

2. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of a third party’s work or ideas, without written permission or proper acknowledgment, will result in disqualification.

3. Entries may not have been previously published and should not have been submitted for consideration elsewhere.

4. To be eligible, entries must comply with the word count. The judges reserve the right to disqualify entries which exceed the specified word limits.

5. Entries must be submitted in electronic format to the Chair of judges, who will acknowledge receipt of the entry. There should be no communication with other judges so that the anonymity of entries can be maintained.

6. All entries must be double spaced, with numbered pages in MS Word. Other formats cannot be considered by the judges.

7. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s name, full mailing address, telephone number and email address. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but NOT the author’s name (to facilitate fair judging). The title page will be removed and replaced by an entry number before being sent to the judges, who, in accordance with the journal’s peer review procedures, will not be told the name, affiliation or any other information about the entrants.

8. Each entrant may submit only one essay per contest.

9. All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.

10. All entries must be received by the deadline; late submissions cannot be accepted.

11. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final. They will assess each entry for its contribution to the field, paying particular attention to the standard of scholarship and presentation, originality, and written style, as well as its relevance to the theme of the essay prize.

12. Entrants will be individually notified of the results by email before the winners are announced and usually within three months of the competition closing date. Any comments or questions about these guidelines should be directed to the Chair of judges in the first instance, or to the editors of the journal of Katherine Mansfield Studies.

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