Emerson Society Undergraduate Student Essay Prize

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
contact email: 

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites submissions for the first annual Emerson Society Undergraduate Student Essay Prize. Undergraduate students are welcome to submit 1,000-1,500-word academic essays on any topic relevant to the study of Ralph Waldo Emerson—his life, work, national and transnational reception, importance within and beyond U.S. literature and culture, and/or contemporary relevance. Winning essays will demonstrate originality, clarity, and rigorous engagement with Emerson. Selected essays may be returned to applicants with suggested revisions. The winning essay will be published in The Emerson Society Papers and the writer awarded $100. 

  • Submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words and follow the 8th edition of MLA style, using endnotes rather than footnotes.
  • Submissions should include a cover letter containing the applicant’s name, essay title, academic status and affiliation, e-mail address, and postal address.
  • Please submit documents by email—with the subject line “Emerson Society Student Essay Prize”—to Kristina West (kristina.west@btopenworld.com) and Prentiss Clark (Prentiss.Clark@usd.edu) no later than 15 December 2020.