Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Edith Wharton Society
contact email: 

This award, formerly known as the “Edith Wharton Society Prize for a Beginning Scholar” and established in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar, advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years.  The winning and second-place essays will be submitted for review and possible publication to the Editorial Board of the Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography and published by Penn State University Press. The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250. All entries will be considered for publication in the Edith Wharton Review as well as for the Elsa Nettels Prize. Submissions should be 20-30 pages and should follow the 8th edition MLA style, using endnotes, not footnotes. To submit an essay for the prize, e-mail it as an anonymized MS Word attachment, plus, as a separate attachment, a cover letter with your name, essay title, academic status, e-mail address, postal address, and the notation “Elsa Nettels Prize for Beginning Scholar.” Please be sure that the e-mail subject line clearly indicates “Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar” and send both attachments to the following address by June 30, 2017:

Dr. Paul Ohler
President, Edith Wharton Society
Department of English
Kwantlen Polytechnic University