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The Adaptation Essay Prize 2017

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About the Adaptation Essay Prize

The Adaptation Essay Prize is a new innovation from the journal, launched in 2011 to encourage the best new scholarship in the field. While the journal publishes many articles which focus on the relationship between literature and film, the Editors are particularly keen to publish work which challenges the primacy of that relationship: this might include essays on computer games, opera, popular music, animation, genre fiction or work with a wider theoretical sweep.

The Prize

The winner’s prize will consist of:

  • Publication of the winning paper in a volume of Adaptation
  • A year’s free print and online subscription to Adaptation

Other entries of sufficient quality may be invited to publish in the journal.

Entry requirements

The Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree on any subject within adaptation studies. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Essays are to be no longer than 4,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references should conform to Adaptation house style. The closing date will be 1 April 2017.

Click here for full details of the Essay Prize Requirements.


Submissions for the essay competition must arrive no later than 1 April 2017. Entries must be made via the journal’s online submission system. If you have any general enquiries about the competition, please contact the Editor, Dr Deborah Cartmell, at djc@dmu.ac.uk.

Click here to read details on how to submit.

Previous Winners

Click the links below to read previous winners of the Adaptation Essay Prize free online:


Transmedia Adaptation, or the Kinesthetics of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
by Lida Zeitlin Wu

This essay will be published in the journal soon.


Adapting Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston's Body and Action Cinema
by Anna Blackwell


Towards an Adaptation Network
by Kyle Meikle


Pasolini's Splendid Infidelities: Un/Faithful Film Versions of The Thousand and One Nights
by Michael Lundell


by Clare Parody

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