The Journal of Victorian Culture successfully inaugurated an essay prize competition in 2007, and our past winners include Louise Lee, Tiffany Watt-Smith, and Bob Nicholson whose essays appear in issues 13.1 (2008), 15.1 (2010) and 17.3 (2012). We are pleased to announce the next competition. The aim of the JVC Essay Prize is to promote scholarship among postgraduate research students working on the Victorian period in any discipline in the UK and abroad.
The essay, which must be no longer than 7000 words in length (including notes), may be on any aspect of Victorian culture appropriate for the scope of the journal (this embraces literature and history, including cultural, intellectual, social, political, economic and religious history; the history of music, science, technology, medicine, theatre and visual culture; historical geography).
The editorial board welcomes essays that adopt an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter. However, the board also encourages essays which, while focusing on one sub-discipline, reflect on the implications of their argument for other Victorian studies constituencies. Authors should keep in mind this question: how is this research of interest to other Victorianists?
Essays must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known.
Applicants who are completing doctoral degrees are advised to check with their institutions any regulations covering the publication of material extracted from their theses prior to the submission of the whole thesis.
Publication of the winning essay in JVC; £100 cash prize; a free year’s subscription to JVC.
Word limit: maximum of 7000 words, plus an abstract (250 words) and a word count.
Closing date for submissions: 30 June 2013.
More information can be found here.