Paragraph 2019 Essay Prize

Submissions are now invited for the Paragraph 2019 Essay Prize competition, in which the prize will be awarded for the best article addressing the theme of “Pleasure.” 2019 is the centenary of Freud’s essay Beyond the Pleasure Principle, and this occasion inspires the theme, but entries need not be limited to contributions to this text or to Freud studies. In line with the journal’s leading role in investigating critical theory across a wide range of disciplines, submissions may address the topic from any perspective as long as the argument has a primarily theoretical focus.

The competition is open to both early-career researchers and established scholars. All submissions are evaluated by the members of the Editorial Committee. The winning article will be published in the July 2019 issue of the journal, and its author will receive a sum of £500. Other essays submitted for the prize may also be published in the same or subsequent numbers of Paragraph. Entries should therefore be no longer than 6,000 words and should be formatted according to the journal’s conventions. These can be found on the journal’s website:

Submissions should be sent to Emma Wilson ( by 1 October 2018.