Monday, 17 March 2014

CONNELL GUIDES ESSAY PRIZE - Deadline 28th March 2014

This is your chance to win £1000 in our essay competition and be judged by the novelist William Boyd.
The prize is open to all Sixth form pupils in the UK studying English Literature as part of an AS Level, A Level, Pre-U, Advanced Higher or IB Course.

William Boyd wants to know which novel, play, or poem has made an impact on you, and why you find it interesting and enjoyable.
• Your essay should combine insight, originality and clarity.

• You need to address your chosen subject with argumentative energy, showing why it has made an impact on you. Essays need to show logic in the way they are structured and precision in their choice of words.

• You will be expected to take an original point of view, while making intelligent use of evidence found in and around your chosen text(s) – and, where appropriate, referencing the history and culture surrounding the text(s) to support your points.

• Essays must be between 1200 and 1500 words long.

The entries will be shortlisted by a panel chaired by Jolyon Connell. The novelist William Boyd will choose the winner and runners-up.
The winning essay carries a prize of £1000. Each of five runners up will receive a £100 book token.
The closing date for entries is March 28th, 2014. Winners will be announced here on May 2nd, 2014.
To enter, please send your essay to us by completing the following form:

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