2014 Essay Competitions 2016-2017

The Adaptation Essay Prize 2018

Entries now open

About the Adaptation Essay Prize

The Adaptation Essay Prize is a new innovation from the journal, launched in 2011 to encourage the best new scholarship in the field. While the journal publishes many articles which focus on the relationship between literature and film, the Editors are particularly keen to publish work which challenges the primacy of that relationship: this might include essays on computer games, opera, popular music, animation, genre fiction or work with a wider theoretical sweep.

The Prize

The winner’s prize will consist of:

  • Publication of the winning paper in a volume of Adaptation
  • A year’s free print and online subscription to Adaptation

Other entries of sufficient quality may be invited to publish in the journal.

Entry requirements

The Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree on any subject within adaptation studies. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Essays are to be no longer than 4,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references should conform to Adaptation house style. The closing date will be 1st April 2018.

Click here for full details of the Essay Prize Requirements.


Submissions for the essay competition must arrive no later than 1st April 2017. Entries must be made via the journal’s online submission system. If you have any general enquiries about the competition, please contact the Editor, Dr Deborah Cartmell, at djc@dmu.ac.uk.

Click here to read details on how to submit.

Previous Winners

Click the links below to read previous winners of the Adaptation Essay Prize free online:


Transmedia Adaptation, or the Kinesthetics of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
by Lida Zeitlin Wu


Adapting Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston's Body and Action Cinema
by Anna Blackwell


Towards an Adaptation Network
by Kyle Meikle


Pasolini's Splendid Infidelities: Un/Faithful Film Versions of The Thousand and One Nights
by Michael Lundell


by Clare Parody

Submissions for the Essay Contest is closed.

Winners will be announced on April 30.

The Fountain Essay Contest 2017

How to Face a Disaster?

Submissions to be posted
October 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes … More and more, humans are being affected by natural disasters. But life’s challenges do not come only in the form of natural disasters – individuals have to face all sorts of disasters in their personal lives. Sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one or a job, or even a loss of faith; it could be having to abandon one’s home due to war or persecution at the hands of a tyrant. Some disasters may seem smaller at first glance, but can feel just as consequential – a first gray hair, a failed class, getting passed over for a promotion … the list goes on and on.

A life with no disasters is a fantasy. All of us face them – both personally and globally – sooner or later. Then, how should we face a disaster? Just as we take measures while constructing buildings on a fault line, can we be always prepared? How do we defend our inner peace when facing danger?

Tell us how you survive difficult times. Give us your best advice. Share your greatest life lesson.

  • Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018
  • Contest open to all writers worldwide
  • Essay word count must be between 1,500 and 2,500
  • Essays must be submitted as Word document only through the essay contest page at www.fountainmagazine.com/essaycontest
  • Cash prizes:
  • 1st Place - $1,000
  • 2nd Place - $500
  • 3rd Place - $300

Two Honorable Mentions - $150 each

Essay submission deadline For more information:
January 31, 2018 www.fountainmagazine.com/essaycontest
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