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CFP: Thomas Hardy Society. “The Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2015”(9/30/2015)

Thomas Hardy Society
Deadline: September 30, 2015

“The Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2015”

Welcome to a new annual essay competition open to students of any academic level over the age of 18 and living anywhere in the world. It has been inaugurated in honour of the late Patrick Tolfree, author of monographs, avid Hardyan and tireless promoter of Hardy's life and works within local schools. The essay topic will be broad and will change each year, but must be related to Hardy and his oeuvre.

The theme for this year's competition is 'Hardy in the World'. Essays of not more than 4000 words in length are warmly invited which may focus on, but are by no means limited to, the following -

  • How Hardy's works are received in different cultures and countries
  • How Hardy is taught in different cultures and countries
  • Translating Hardy
  • Similarities/differences between how Dorset and Dorset characters are represented by Hardy compared to the literature of other geographical locations
  • The impact Hardy and his works have made upon a reader for whom English is a second language
  • The changing reception of Hardy and his works geographically over time
  • Hardy in the country versus Hardy in the city

Any aspect of Hardy's prolific output may be focussed upon, whether it be novels, short stories, poems, essays or architectural work. The closing date for submissions is September 30, 2015. The winner will receive a prize of £250 along with one year free membership of the Thomas Hardy Society, and will have the pleasure of seeing their essay published in the Hardy Society Journal.

Please send submissions and any enquiries to Tracy Hayes – THS Student Representative malady22@ntlworld.com

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