Bloomsday Essay Contest

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Rosenbach Museum and Library
contact email: 

Bloomsday Essay ContestSpot the Winner!A Bloomsday Essay Contest

Calling all emerging Joyceans. Submit your best essay on Ulysses or another Joyce text for the Rosenbach’s first annual Bloomsday Essay Contest. Critical essays welcome from undergraduate and graduate students in the Tri-State area. Winners will be announced on June 16, 2017, at the Rosenbach’s Bloomsday celebration. All participants are encouraged to attend but need not be present to win!


  • Essays must be original work, unpublished elsewhere.
  • Essays must be written in the English language.
  • Entrants must attend a college or university in, or have a permanent address in, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware.
  • Entries must be submitted from a valid academic address (.edu) by the essay’s author.
  • Length should be between 2000-9000 words in length, excluding footnotes.
  • Essays must be formatted in MLA style (12 pt, double-spaced, numbered pages) with MLA citation.
  • Please include the essay’s title on the first page of the essay as well as in the Essay Title field below.
  • To ensure blind judging, identifying information (name, institution) should ONLY be included in the submission form below, and not in the essay.

Submissions that do not meet all the above requirements are not eligible for consideration.

Please submit your work via this web portal:


  • Megan Quigley (Villanova University)
  • Paul Saint-Amour (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Janine Utell (Widener University)

Two awards will be given:

  • $300 for an outstanding paper written by a graduate student
  • $200 for an outstanding paper written by an undergraduate student

All entries must be submitted by midnight EST on Monday, May 15. Please contact if you have any questions or issues with the submission form.