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CESAA Essay Competition

21st Annual CESAA Essay Competition - Submission Details


  • Best essay by an undergraduate students  (2 - 3,000 words)
  • Best essay by an honours or postgraduate student (2,500 – 4,000 words)

Essays eligible for submission must have been assessed as part on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Applicants must have been enrolled in an Australian tertiary institution to be eligible. Essays will be judged by a panel of judges selected by CESAA. The judges’ decisions are final.

Eligible essays must have been submitted and assessed as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in;

  • Semester 2 2013 or
  • Semester 1 2014.
The winning and highly commended essays will be considered for publication in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies.

Prizes will be awarded as gift vouchers to the value of:

Undergraduate: $250
Postgraduate: $350

Winners will receive a year’s free membership to CESAA.

Essay Topics
Essays from any discipline – history, politics, law, economics, business, sociology, cultural studies, etc. – will be accepted as long as they deal with contemporary (post-war) Europe and/or the European Union.

How to Enter
Send an electronic version of your essay to: [email protected]. Please ensure the subject heading reads ‘CESAA ESSAY COMP’ by the closing date: Thursday 31 July 2014.

The essay should have a separate cover page, which includes:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Institution
  • Essay category (undergraduate or Honours/postgraduate)
  • Contact phone number and email address
  • Word count of your entry.

Your name should not appear anywhere else on the essay.

Winners will be notified formally by mail and the results will be published on the CESAA website.

CESAA Essay Prize Coordinator
Please contact Lachlan McKenzie ([email protected]) with any questions.

Competition flyer ( pdf)

CESAA is pleased to announce that the winners of the 21th Annual CESAA Essay Competition are:
  • Postgraduate Category:  

    Lucinda Cadzow from Monash University. Her essay is entitled The European Union's decision to introduce a financial transactions tax (FTT) in 2011-2012.

  • Undergraduate Category:

    Daniel Tan from the University of Western Australia. His essay is entitled The New Fin-de-Siecle: Journeys of Nationhood through Almodovar's and Kieslowski's Cinema.



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