BSLS/JLS Essay Prize Deadline Approaching

The deadline for the 2016 prize for the best new essay by an early career scholar on a topic within the field of literature and science approaches fast - Friday 17th June. Additional submissions in the time before the deadline are very much encouraged.

Essays should be currently unpublished and not under consideration by another journal. They should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words long, inclusive of references, and should be send by email to both Josie Gill, Communications Officer of the BSLS (, and Martin Willis, Editor of the JLS(, by 12 noon on Friday, 17th June, 2016

The prize is open to BSLS members who are postgraduate students or have completed a doctorate within three years of this date. (To join BSLS, go to

The prize will be judged jointly by representatives of the BSLS and JLS.

The winning essay will be announced on the BSLS website and published in the JLS. The winner will also receive a prize of £100.

The winning essay for 2015 was Maria Avxentevskaya’s ‘The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s popularization of Copernicanism’ which was published in issue 8.2 of the JLS in December 2015. Read this and other prize winning essays in issues 7.2 and 6.2 at

(The judges reserve the right not to award the prize should no essay of a high enough standard be submitted.)