Postgraduate Essay Prize

The Adaptation Essay Prize 2018

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About the Adaptation Essay Prize

The Adaptation Essay Prize is a new innovation from the journal, launched in 2011 to encourage the best new scholarship in the field. While the journal publishes many articles which focus on the relationship between literature and film, the Editors are particularly keen to publish work which challenges the primacy of that relationship: this might include essays on computer games, opera, popular music, animation, genre fiction or work with a wider theoretical sweep.

The Prize

The winner’s prize will consist of:

  • Publication of the winning paper in a volume of Adaptation
  • A year’s free print and online subscription to Adaptation

Other entries of sufficient quality may be invited to publish in the journal.

Entry requirements

The Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree on any subject within adaptation studies. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Essays are to be no longer than 4,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references should conform to Adaptation house style. The closing date will be 1st April 2018.

Click here for full details of the Essay Prize Requirements.


Submissions for the essay competition must arrive no later than 1st April 2017. Entries must be made via the journal’s online submission system. If you have any general enquiries about the competition, please contact the Editor, Dr Deborah Cartmell, at

Click here to read details on how to submit.

Previous Winners

Click the links below to read previous winners of the Adaptation Essay Prize free online:


Transmedia Adaptation, or the Kinesthetics of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
by Lida Zeitlin Wu


Adapting Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston's Body and Action Cinema
by Anna Blackwell


Towards an Adaptation Network
by Kyle Meikle


Pasolini's Splendid Infidelities: Un/Faithful Film Versions of The Thousand and One Nights
by Michael Lundell


by Clare Parody

The PSA/Journal of Postcolonial Writing Postgraduate Essay Competition provides a great opportunity for postgraduate scholars to showcase their work in a leading postcolonial academic journal and to earn some really useful research funding. The winners and runners-up constantly remind us of the innovative and timely contributions that postgraduate scholars make to postcolonial studies. The competition is a means of duly recognising their work and of furthering their careers as postcolonialists.

The deadline for submissions is 1 April 2018. 

Applicants are invited to submit an essay on any topic relating to postcolonial studies. We welcome essays from all disciplines, including cultural studies, geography, politics, theology, history, anthropology, literature, film, or development studies. The competition is open to any postgraduate student who is registered at any institution anywhere in the world, by, or within three months of, the submission deadline.All essays are subject to an anonymous peer review by a panel of established experts in postcolonial studies. The winning essay will, subject to editorial approval, be published in The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, a journal that has a long tradition of publishing innovative work in the field and which has had an ongoing partnership with the PSA.The winner will be awarded £250, and, should they not already be a member, will receive a complimentary year-long membership to the PSA. The runner-up will also have their work notably mentioned.Guidelines for applicants

  1. Essays should be no longer than 7,500 words and no shorter than 7,000 (including bibliography and any notes). Any essays that are too long or too short will be automatically disqualified, so please ensure your word count meets this requirement.
  2. Essays must conform to the MLA referencing style.
  3. The author’s identity must not be identifiable in any way from the essay (electronic tags, such as those on Microsoft word, should be removed).
  4. Only one submission per person is allowed. Candidates who have previously entered the competition are welcome to enter again, but must submit a different piece of work.
  5. No essay will be considered that has been published in any form elsewhere, whether in print form or online.
  6. No essay, in whole or part, should be submitted for consideration for publication elsewhere before the winner is announced.
  7. Entries must be submitted between November 2017 and 1 April 2018.
  8. The judges’ and the JPW’s editors’ decisions are final.


Some useful tips!


  1. Make sure the essay stands proudly on its own. If it is part of your MA dissertation or PhD thesis, ensure that the article frames your argument cogently. There’s nothing our judges like less than reading an entry that is directly drawn from an un-adapted source.
  2. How is your work contributing to the ongoing expansion and revision of postcolonial studies? Don’t be afraid of commenting on the contribution to your field. If you don’t mention the word ‘postcolonial’ at some point, then something must be going wrong!
  3. Share your work with your peers and supervisor(s) for preliminary feedback, or undertake changes suggested by markers’ comments. Their suggestions will provide useful ways of revising your article before submission and will really make a difference.

If you are an ambitious and hardworking postgraduate, we encourage you to submit an essay. If you are an established academic, please spread the word to your own students or to any postgraduates whose innovative work you think is in need of public recognition. Thank you, and good luck!

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