Postgraduate essay

Prize Winner | 2023

2023 Winner of AJIS/ISAANZ postgraduate essay prize is

Laoighseach Ní Choistealba

for her essay titled …

Donegal Anti-Pastoral: Masculinity and landscape in two poems by Francis Harvey and Cathal Ó Searcaigh

The editors received a wide field of excellent essays and wish to thank
all those who entered the competition

Prizes & Rules
  1. Publication of the winning essay in Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, subject to normal academic refereeing
  2. A cash prize of AUD$300
  3. A year’s membership of Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Entry rules are:

  • Entry is open to anyone enrolled in an MA or PhD between June 2022 and June 2023 at any tertiary institution.
  • Essays on any aspect of Irish Studies will be considered.
  • When submitted entries must be accompanied by the Entry Form.
  • To be considered, essays must comply with the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies style guide.
  • Essays must be 5000-8000 words in length (including endnotes).
  • Essays entered for the prize and thus for publication in AJIS must NOT be submitted for publication elsewhere until AFTER judging is completed.
  • The Editors’ decision is final.

A copy of the essay, with this form, should be electronically submitted as a Word email attachment to

Queries can be addressed to one of the Editors: Dr Philip Bull, Dr Chris Murray, A/Prof Frances Devlin-Glass, Prof. Elizabeth Malcolm, Prof. Dianne Hall