Essay Prize

The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce its annual essay prize competition for 2015, open to all, on the subject of:




The winner will receive a cash prize of £200 and the winning essay will be considered for publication in Katherine Mansfield Studies (the peer-reviewed yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society, published by Edinburgh University Press)


The distinguished panel of judges will comprise:


Professor Clare Hanson

University of Southampton, UK, Chair of the Judging Panel


Professor Laura Marcus,

Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, UK

Dr Isobel Maddison

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK 

Katherine Mansfield distanced herself from the ‘mushroom growth of “cheap psychoanalysis”’ but affirmed her belief that ‘with an artist one has to allow – oh tremendously for the subconscious element in his work’.  Her engagement with the models of subjectivity emerging from contemporary psychology was both complex and ambivalent: this volume invites papers that engage with all aspects of the interplay between Mansfield’s fiction and contemporary psychology and psychoanalysis. 


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

the subconscious and the unconscious             popular psychology

      the psychological novel       Gurdjieff

      Freud             aesthetics and psychology



Submissions of between 5000–6000 words (inclusive of endnotes), in Word format and using MHRA style formatting, should be emailed to the Guest Editor for this volume, Professor Clare Hanson, accompanied by a 50 word biography: 


A detailed MHRA style guide is available from the Katherine Mansfield Society website:





The Katherine Mansfield Society is delighted to announce that this year's prize for the best essay on the theme of 'Katherine Mansfield and Translation' has been awarded to Chris Mourant. The judges, Professor Maurizio Ascari  (Professor of English, University of Bologna), Dr Gerri Kimber (Senior Lecturer in English, University of Northampton) and Professor Claire Davison (Professor of Modernist Studies, University Sorbonne-Nouvelle - Paris III), chose the winner unanimously, from a wide choice of excellent entries.

Chair of the Judging Panel, Professor Claire Davison, explains the judges' decision: 'Chris Mourant's winning essay entitled "Parodic Translation: Katherine Mansfield and the 'Boris Petrovsky' pseudonym" explores the fascinating story behind Mansfield's intriguing nom-de-plume  for the series of poems she published in Rhythm in 1912. By removing the poems from what has become their more familiar place in collections of poems by Mansfield, and situating them in their original context in the little review, Chris Mourant reconstructs a fascinating account of what inspired and motivated them, and how they were intended to be read. The essay is clever, innovative and surprising from beginning to end,  confirming once again that Chris Mourant is not only a talented scholar but also a gifted literary detective, opening up perspectives on Mansfield's life and works that we never even knew existed'.

Chris Mourant is completing his PhD at King's College London, researching Katherine Mansfield and periodical culture. He is a co-founder of the Modernist Magazines Research Seminar at the Institute of English Studies, and a postgraduate representative of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS). He will receive a prize of NZ$ 410 (£200), and his essay will appear in the annual book seriesKatherine Mansfield Studies (Volume 7), to be published in October 2015 by Edinburgh University Press (sent free to all members of the Society).