Attention Jane Austen fans.
I had no idea this society existed until today, much less the bit about the essay contest.
I'm not eligible to enter, since I'm out of college and not in grad school yet, but there's always next year...
If you win first place, you can choose a cash prize of $750 rather than going to the national convention, but I think it would be quite an experience to pal around with all those obsessed--er, enthusiastic-- Austen admirers. I wonder if anyone dresses up as their favorite characters at those things?