Essay Prize

The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce its annual essay prize competition for 2016, 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 Galya Diment

University of Washington, Seattle, US, Chair of the Judging Panel


Dr Rebecca Beasley, University of Oxford, UK


Dr Joanna Woods, Author of Katerina: The Russian World of Katherine Mansfield


Professor Claire Davison, Sorbonne Nouvelle, France


Essays that address all aspects of Katherine Mansfield and Russia, whether literary, cultural, historical, or biographical, are welcomed. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

KM and Chekhov

KM and Tolstoy

KM and Dostoevsky

KM and Russian Literature

KM and Marie Bashkirtseff

The Hogarth Press and Russia

Translating with Koteliansky

KM and Constance Garnett 

KM and the Russian Revolution of 1917

KM, Gurdjieff and his Institute

KM and Russian Ballet and/or Theatre 

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 Galya Diment, 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).