Res Essay Competition

RES Essay Prize

2017 RES Essay Prize

The Review of English Studies is now inviting entries for its 2017 Essay Prize. The RES Essay Prize aims to encourage scholarship amongst postgraduate research students in Britain and abroad. The essay can be on any topic of English literature or the English language from the earliest period to the present. 

The deadline for entries is 30 June 2017 

The prize

The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in the June 2018 issue of The Review of English Studies
  • £500 worth of OUP books
  • A free year's subscription to The Review of English Studies

Other entries of sufficient quality will also be considered for publication in

How to enter

Entries should be submitted through our online submission system. Submit your paper anytime between 1 April 2017 and the closing date, 30 June 2017.

Please click here to read through the entry guidelines and terms. 

The competition rules

The competition is open to anyone studying for a higher degree, or who completed one no earlier than January 2015. The winner's student status verification will be requested from their academic supervisor or head of . The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

Click here for full details of the competition rules.

Past winners

Click here to read a selection of past winners free online.


RES Young Economist of the Year Essay Competition 2016 - winners announced

  • Published Date: 08 August 2016

From the final shortlist of 19 essays drawn from a total entry of nearly 1700, the judging panel of Professor Sir Charles Bean (London School of Economics and an RES Past President), Stephanie Flanders (Ex BBC Economics Editor, now with JP Morgan) and Professor Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College, London) have selected three winners and wish to congratulate them, together with all of the other students that made the short list.

The 2016 RES Young Economist of the Year is therefore Sherwood Lam of The King's School, Canterbury, who will receive the glass trophy and a prize of £1,000. Joint second place goes to George Keech of Bedford Modern School and Chung Yi See of Raffles Institution, Singapore, each of whom will receive £500. The awards will be made at a ceremony before the RES Public Lecture on 29th November.

Thank you to all students and schools who have taken part this year. Due to the large number of entries we regret that no feedback can be provided for individual essays. The highly commended list and final shortlist are listed on the Young Economist essay competition webpage.

Read the winning essays and the Judges Report here.

Source: RES Office, Amanda Wilman

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