The Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies

The Burney Society invites submissions for the Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies, named in honour of the late Joyce Hemlow, Greenshields Professor of English at McGill University, whose biography of Frances Burney and edition of her journals and letters are among the foundational works of eighteenth-century literary scholarship.

The Hemlow Prize will be awarded to the best essay written by a graduate student (registered within the last year) on any aspect of the life or writings of Frances Burney or members of the Burney Family. The essay, which can be up to 6,000 words, should make a substantial contribution to Burney scholarship. The judges will take into consideration the essay's originality, coherence, use of source material, awareness of other work in the field, and documentation. The winning essay will be considered for publication in the Burney Journal and the recipient will receive an award of US $250, as well as a year's membership in the Burney Society.

The Hemlow Prize will be awarded in April of every year. Two copies of the essay (one appropriate for blind submission) should be sent, by email attachment, to the Chair of the Prize Committee, Dr. Jodi Wyett, wyett [at], or by mail to Dr. Jodi Wyett, English Department, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Submissions must be received by January 31 of that competition year.

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