Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize
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. Arthur Terry was Emeritus Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, and one of the world’s most distinguished critics of Catalan literature for which he received many awards.
The aim of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize is to recognise work of outstanding merit at Master’s level. There are two prizes of £200 and £100, and the winning entrants are also given one-year free BCLA membership.
Please note that the deadline for the 2020 competition has now passed. The deadline for next year’s competition will be September 2021.
Conditions for entry:
- 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.
- The essay should be on an aspect of comparative literature and be written in English (maximum 8000 words). For the purposes of the Arthur Terry prize, ‘comparative literature’ is defined as the study of the interaction of at least two bodies of literature (writers, genres, etc.), usually across languages.
- The essay should be submitted using the application form below. It should adhere to the presentation guidelines specified on the application form.
- The entry requires 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 the same two email addresses.
- Only one submission per candidate may be accepted, and no supervisor may submit more than three essays in any year.
Winning entries are eligible for publication in full on the website, and may be accessed and downloaded here:
NB: All essays will be published under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 on the BCLA website unless otherwise stated.
Winners of the 2020 Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize
The jury, which consisted of members of the BCLA Executive Committee, awarded the following:
- 1st prize (£200) to Clio-Ragna Takas of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Oxford University, for her essay “Renaissance World Makers: World-Desire Before Goethe“.
- 2nd prize (£100) to Sara Borga of Goldsmiths College London for her essay “The Griot’s Drum: Representing the Diasporic Subject in Kamau Braithwaite’s Arrivants and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings”.
We warmly congratulate the winners on their success.
See the previous winners of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize, and read their works.
The first prize for 2019 was awarded to Joanna Cresswell, MA in Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths College University of London, for her essay “Wit as a Weapon: Male Anxiety and Responses to Epic and Ancient Myth“.
Arthur Terry Essay Prize Application
Please use the form below to submit your entry. Your supervisor/tutor should send an additional message separately confirming your status, the originality of the essay, the reasons for the mark awarded and that the essay is being submitted in its original form, to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- Your name and department must not appear on the essay itself.
- The essay must be word-processed, double spaced, and the pages numbered.
- The essay must NOT exceed 8000 words in length.
- The essay must be submitted in its original form.