Call for Submissions: 2023 Angelica Garnett Undergraduate Essay Prize

The International Virginia Woolf Society is pleased to host the Annual Undergraduate Essay Competition in honor of Virginia Woolf and in memory of Angelica Garnett, writer, artist, and daughter of Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell.

For this competition, undergraduate essays can be on any topic pertaining to the writings of Virginia Woolf. Essays should be between 2000 and 2500 words in length, including notes and works cited, with an original title of the entrant’s choosing. Essays will be judged by the Society’s officers: Benjamin Hagen (President); Amanda Golden (Vice-President); Susan Wegener (Secretary-Treasurer); and Catherine Hollis (Historian-Bibliographer). The winner will receive $400.00 and have the essay published in a subsequent issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany.

To submit an essay, please fill out this entry form (click here) and then send your essay to Benjamin D. Hagen (

All entries must be received by 30 June 2023.

Below we’ve included snippets of past winners. To read the full essays, follow the links below!

2017 Angelica Garnett Undergraduate Prize Essay

vol. 92 of Virginia Woolf Miscellany (pp. 9–11)

2020 Angelica Garnett Undergraduate Prize Essay

vol. 96 of Virginia Woolf Miscellany (pp. 28–30)

Published by International Virginia Woolf Society

The International Virginia Woolf Society is devoted to encouraging and facilitating the scholarly study of, critical attention to, and general interest in, the work and career of Virginia Woolf, and to facilitate ways in which all people interested in her writings— scholars, critics, teachers, students, artists and general readers—may learn from one another, meet together, contact each other, and help one another. Find out more about our organization, activities, and Virginia Woolf herself by following the links on our home page.

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