JASNA’s annual student essay contest is now open for submissions. The contest fosters study and appreciation of Jane Austen’s work, with several hundred students competing for scholarship awards each year. The contest is open worldwide to students in three divisions: high school, college/university and graduate school. Deadline is June 3, 2019.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey, JASNA welcomes essays on following topic:

Northanger Abbey can be described as a book about books. There is, of course, the well-known “defense of the novel,” but characters also discuss their reading habits, name specific novels and even consider history books. In her works, Austen often makes use of fiction, poetry or plays, either explicitly or indirectly. Explore how she does this in Northanger Abbey. High school students may bring in another Austen novel but are not required to do so; undergraduate and graduate students must bring in one or more additional novels.