Australian Literary Studies PhD Essay Prize

About the prize

This $1,000 cash prize is open to current PhD students and PhD graduates who have completed since June 2021. The prize includes mentoring to publication and a complimentary subscription to the Australian Literary Studies journal.

Scholars from diverse backgrounds are warmly encouraged to apply.


We particularly seek essays that respond to the journal's areas of interest, including:

  • First Nations and trans-Indigenous literary studies

  • The uses and value of literary works and literary criticism

  • Literary reception and book history

  • The future of Literary Studies as a discipline

  • Intersectional approaches to gender and literature

Essays should be between 5,000-8,000 words in length. Please follow our submission guidelines.


Apply online by 30th June 2023.

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