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12 July 2022

Enter the 2022 Wasafiri Essay Prize

Are you an early career researcher specialising in contemporary literature? Good news — just over two months remain to enter the 2022 Wasafiri Essay Prize! Now in its second year, the Prize aims to discover, encourage, and award innovative critical essays of an exemplary standard, which constitute the most exciting academic work happening today across the field of international contemporary literature (literature published since 1965 from anywhere in the world).

Judged by Wasafiri's editorial team, world-class Associate Editors, and global network of Editors at Large, the Wasafiri Essay Prize rewards field-leading scholarship, both in content and in attention to style and form. It is particularly aimed towards recognising writing that is daring, accessible, and engaging without sacrificing nuance or rigour.

The winner will be awarded:

  • Publication in Wasafiri, in print and online

  • £250 cash prize

  • A mentoring conversation with an academic on our world-class editorial board in a relevant field of study

  • An annual print and digital subscription to Wasafiri 


Only researchers awarded their PhD no more than eight years before the closing date of the prize (12 September, 2016) are eligible. Institutional affiliation is not necessary. Entries will be accepted until 12 September 2022, 5pm BST. Read more about the 2022 Wasafiri Essay Prize here.






The inaugural winner of the Wasafiri Essay Prize was Antony Huen for his essay 'The ‘Old Hong Kong’ and ‘A Gold-Sifting Bird’: Hong Kong and Chinese Ekphrasis in Contemporary British Poetry'. You can also read Antony Huen's essay in Wasafiri 109, now available for download or purchase.
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