Graduate Paper Prize

Each year, the Victorians Institute awards the Patrick Scott Prize, given for the best graduate paper presented at the annual conference. The prize carries a $500 cash prize, inclusion in the Victorian Institute Journal‘s peer-reviewed digital annex, and encouragement to expand and revise for publication in the print journal.

To be considered, please submit the complete paper (including works cited and images) without your name, along with a separate cover sheet that does include your name, institutional affiliation, and paper title to VIJ@mtsu.edu. Questions may also be directed to that address. Selected members of the VIJ Editorial Board will serve as the selection committee and the winner will be recognized at the following year’s Victorians Institute Conference. The deadline for submitting papers from the 2017 conference is November 20, 2017.

Past Winners

2015: Josh Poklad, “Sleigh Bells and Factory Elves: The Spectacular Economy of Santa Claus”

2014: Thomas Berenato, “Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Mystery of Forgiveness”

2013: Fran Thielman, “Jane Eyre and Public Health: A Closer Look at the Lowood School Epidemic”

2012: Ann M. Mazur, “Victorian Women, the Home Theatre, and the Cultural Potency of A Doll’s House”

2012: Winter Jade Werner, “Competing Cosmopolitanisms in Bleak House

2011: Alexander Chase-Levenson, “The Near East and West End: Spectacle, History, and the Presentation of the Ancient Near East Britain, 1820-1860”