Monthly Archives: September 2017

CfP Emma Donoghue Symposium: Reminder

This year Brighton’s Big Read <> welcomes author Emma Donoghue to read from her novel Room, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010. To coincide with this event Brighton’s C21 Research is holding a one-day symposium on Donoghue’s work as writer, critic and historian.



Emma Donoghue has published ten novels, (including one for young readers), five collections of short stories, thirteen radio plays, eight works for theatre, and has adapted both Room and her short story ‘Pluck’ for film. She has also published three critical literary histories and numerous articles and book chapters in this area. We invite critical papers that respond to the full range of Emma Donoghue’s work and her contribution to contemporary literature.


Topics might include but are not limited to:


     * Women’s writing and feminist theory

     * Lesbian history, representation and politics

     * Love, desire, relationships

     * Salvation

     * Religion, faith, belief

     * Death, mourning

     * Violence

     * Freedom

     * Confinement

     * Ireland, Canada, nation, nationality, nationhood

     * Space, place, environment

     * Rewriting and revisioning

     * Genre

     * Form and structure

     * History


To propose a paper, please send an abstract (c300 words) and short biography by 6th October 2017


We invite contributors to submit their papers to a volume of essays on Emma Donoghue.



Best wishes


Research in Twenty-First Century Writings

College of Arts & Humanities | University of Brighton

Dr. Liam Connell (Co-ordinator)


Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize

Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize

CWW Essay Prize 2018

The journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press) is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Essay Prize.  The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary women’s writing, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers and support the professional development of next generation scholars. 

The winner of the 2017 Essay Prize was “The Affective Politics of Resistance in the Work of Opal Palmer Adisa” by Elisa Serna – Martinez (Universidad de Granada, Spain). The essay will be available to read free online shortly.

The winning entry will be:
· Submitted for publication in Contemporary Women’s Writing

· Awarded one year’s free membership of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, including one year’s free subscription to Contemporary Women’s Writing

· Awarded a choice of Oxford University Press books to the value of £100

Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.

Entry Requirements
The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for PhD study or within three years of completion.  Entrants may be asked to provide formal confirmation of their status.

Essays must be 7,000-9,000 words in length.  The deadline for submission is  1st February 2018.  The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  Submissions must comply with the journal’s Instructions to Authors – click here to view.  Entrants must submit essays by the standard Online Submission procedures – click here to view.  Please ensure that you select ‘Essay Prize’ in the ‘Submission Type’ box.

Essays should meet the general aims and scope of the journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing – for more information please click here.  Please note that essays submitted for publication will be subject to the standard Peer Review process.  Entries will be judged by members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Editorial Board and a member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Executive Committee.