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Essay Prizes

Essay Prizes

BADS Essay Prizes 2019

BADS is pleased to announce two essay prizes, one for the best postgraduate essay and one for the best essay by an established scholar. These Prizes are an annual competition, intended to promote an awareness of the broad scope of Decadence studies, from antiquity to the present. They will be awarded to the best essays on a topic to be set and judged each year by the Executive Committee of BADS and members of the Editorial Board of Volupté. This inaugural year, by way of casting our net wide, we welcome 5,000-word essay submissions on any aspect of Decadence to bads@gold.ac.uk by 31 August 2019.

The essays will be judged according to certain criteria. The best essays will:

  • be an original contribution to and thereby advancement of knowledge in the field;

  • demonstrate a critical analysis of existing scholarship that is fair, accurate, and relevant;

  • show awareness of the premises, limitations, and potentialities of the chosen methodology;

  • have a coherent and balanced structure, and be well-argued;

  • be written in grammatically sound English;

  • be referenced accurately and consistently;

  • be formatted in MHRA style and submitted as a Word document.

The winners will have their essays published in the Winter 2019 edition of Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies.