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Prize: The Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2017 (9/30/2017)

The Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2017

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

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

  • Adaptations of Hardy's works for television, film and theatre
  • The treatment of Hardy as a writer within social media such as Twitter and Facebook
  • Hardy in advertising across the globe
  • Hardy as a brand and marketable product
  • How Hardy as a writer and social commentator has been presented within the print media from the nineteenth century to the present day
  • Hardy and issues of copyright
  • Hardy as represented within art and sculpture
  • Hardy and serialization
  • Any aspect of Hardy's prolific output may be focussed upon, whether it be novels, short stories, poems, essays, or his contribution to architecture. The closing date for submissions is 30 September 2017. The winner will receive a prize of £250 along with one year's 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 Co-Ordinator, at malady22@ntlworld.com.

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