The British Comparative Literature Association offers an annual prize for an essay written in English on any aspect of comparative literature in memory of Arthur Terry (1927–2004), who served as President of the BCLA for many years. The aim of the Prize is to recognise work of outstanding merit at Master’s level. There are three prizes of £100, £50, and £30 and the winning entrants are also given one-year free BCLA membership.

The deadline for application this year is midnight on  Friday 4 September 2015.

The judges are members of the Association’s Executive Committee. The prizes will be awarded at the BCLA Annual General Meeting on 7 November 2015. Winning entries are also eligible for publication in full on the website.

Conditions for entry:

  1. The essay should have been written in the same academic year by a postgraduate student at Master’s level registered at an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom or Ireland and submitted for assessment within that institution.
  2. The essay should be on an aspect of comparative literature and should have been written in English (maximum 6000 words).
  3. The essay should be submitted electronically and accompanied by a completed cover sheet to It should adhere to the presentation guidelines on the cover sheet here.
  4. The entry should be accompanied by a message from the student’s supervisor/tutor confirming the student’s status, the originality of the essay, the reasons for the mark awarded and that the essay is being submitted in its original form. This should be emailed separately by the deadline to

Only one submission per candidate may be accepted

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