Bloomsday Essay Contest

Spot the Winner!

A Bloomsday Essay Contest

Calling all emerging Joyceans. Submit your best essay on Ulysses or another Joyce text for the Rosenbach’s Bloomsday Essay Contest. Critical essays welcome from undergraduate and graduate students in the Tri-State area. Winners will be announced on June 16, 2019, at the Rosenbach’s Bloomsday celebration. All participants are encouraged to attend but need not be present to win!


  • Essays must be original work, unpublished elsewhere.
  • Essays that were submitted to the Bloomsday Essay Contest in previous years may be resubmitted.
  • Essays must be written in the English language.
  • Entrants must attend a college or university in, or have a permanent address in, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware.
  • Entries must be submitted from a valid academic address (.edu) by the essay’s author.
  • Length should be between 2000-9000 words in length, excluding footnotes.
  • Essays must be formatted in MLA style (12 pt, double-spaced, numbered pages) with MLA citation.
  • Please include the essay’s title on the first page of the essay as well as in the Essay Title field below.
  • To ensure blind judging, identifying information (name, institution) should ONLY be included in the submission form below, and not in the essay.

Submissions that do not meet all the above requirements are not eligible for consideration.


  • Paul Saint-Amour, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
  • Megan Quigley, Associate Professor of English, Villanova University
  • Ted Howell, Lecturer, Rowan University

Two awards will be given:

  • $300 for an outstanding paper written by a graduate student
  • $200 for an outstanding paper written by an undergraduate student

All entries must be submitted by midnight EST on Monday, April 15, 2019. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or issues with the submission form.