The Edith Wharton Essay Prize
Instituted in the fall of 2005, the Edith Wharton Essay Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar. Graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years are eligible to submit their work. The winning essay will be published in The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography , and the writer will receive an award of $250.
All entries will be considered for publication in The Edith Wharton Review as well as for the Edith Wharton Essay Prize. Submissions should be 15-25 pages in length and should follow the 7th edition MLA style, using endnotes, not footnotes. Applicants should not identify themselves on the manuscript but should provide a separate cover page that includes their names, academic status, e-mail address, postal addresses, and the notation “The Edith Wharton Essay Prize.”
To submit an essay for the prize, send three copies to The Edith Wharton Review:
Department of English
601 E. Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426-1000
Second prize: Katelyn Durkin (PhD candidate, UVa):The (Re)Production Craze: Taylorism and Regress in Edith Wharton’s Twilight Sleep
Edith Wharton Essay Prize Winner 2011: Dustin H. Faulstick, Ohio University-Athens, “‘He that Loveth Silver Shall Not Be Satisfied with Silver': Reconsidering the Connection between The House of Mirth and Ecclesiastes.”
Edith Wharton Essay Prize Winner 2010:
Edith Wharton Essay Prize Winner 2009: Jason Williams, Brigham Young University-Idaho, “Competing Visions: Edith Wharton and A. B. Wenzell in The House of Mirth”
Edith Wharton Essay Prize Winner 2008: Ann L. Patten, University of Dublin, Trinity College, “The Spectres of Capitalism and Democracy in Edith Wharton’s Early Ghost Stories”
Edith Wharton Essay Prize Winner 2007: Jennie Hann, Johns Hopkins University, for “Perverting Pride and Prejudice: Wharton’s American Alternative to the Novel of Manners: An Essay on The House of Mirth.“
Edith Wharton Essay Prize Winner 2006: Travis M. Foster, doctoral candidate at the U of Wisconsin, Madison, for “Ascendant Obtuseness and Aesthetic Perception in The House of Mirth.”
Edith Wharton Essay Prize Winner 2005: Kate McLoughlin, Balliol College, for “Edith Wharton, War Correspondent.” Edith Wharton Review 21.2 (Fall 2005): 1-9.