The Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize

Call for submissions

To mark the foundation of the Aubrey Beardsley Society, a prize for the best short essay on any aspect of Beardsley’s work, life, and reception will be awarded to an outstanding emerging scholar. The Society aims to encourage new research that is intellectually adventurous and stylistically accomplished and seeks submissions that highlight Beardsley’s relevance today.

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  • Postgraduate (MA, MPhil, PhD) and early career researchers who have not held permanent academic posts are invited to participate.
  • The participants should join the Aubrey Beardsley Society (discounted membership).
  • Essays should be up to 2,500 words and formatted in accordance with MHRA style.

The author of the winning essay will be awarded £500 while two runners-up will receive £100 each. These best essays will be published in the AB Blog. The Prize is supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund.

The call for submissions can be downloaded here (pdf).


Please email your submissions by 31 December 2020 to Sasha Dovzhyk at

Happy Beardsley’s Birthday!