On January 27th 2021, we announced our inaugural SASiety Essay Competition. Originally, designed for postgraduate students, the competition was open to researchers and students to discuss events that made an impression, books that were life-changing, art, and thoughts on politics, economics, law and policy making. However, we wondered why stop there? We thought that the A – Z Challenge would be a great opportunity to spread the word to the big wide world and extend the invitation. You are then cordially invited to join in a discussion on anything that interests you and has to do with the subjects mentioned above. Are you a fantasy enthusiast? This is your chance to advocate why your genre rocks! Did you see an art exhibition that took your breath away? Have you been wondering what the meaning of life is? We would love to hear your thoughts! 

“I research diaries for my project and love reading the excitement and love the diarists express when writing about the most common things like having a bath or receiving a letter. Sometimes I’m so deeply engrossed in academic writing trying to sound clever that I forget how much I actually love writing. Reading the diaries then remind me that writing doesn’t have to be complicated. This is why this competition is so great. It reminded me how easily writing can come to me and that I can just waffle on about something I’m passionate about.”

In C for Criticism, we argued that anyone can be a critic. And this is your chance to put your critical repertoire to the test! Our aim is to facilitate a platform where we interchange ideas on a collaborative, interdisciplinary level and to establish a tradition of rewarding the best essay for their succinct, accessible, and elegant prose. We intend to publish all essays that are well-thought-out and well-written in a special online SASiety journal issue, though we are currently looking into even materialising the project into print. We accept essays that start at 650 words and up to 1500 words. We accept international submissions, too, as long as they are in English. We also want to reward the best essay with £100. Second place will receive £50, third place £25. All submissions must be made to sasiety@postgrad.sas.ac.uk.

“While researching, I always try to find essays on my chosen topic. Essays give me the writer’s opinion and show me exactly why the writer is passionate about their subject, and that immediately makes it so much more engaging. Well-written essays are evocative and manage to really make the reader care about the topic. Essays are my favourite form of writing for precisely this reason.”

We truly hope you join in the fun. The most important thing to all of us is that you write something that you are passionate about and to represent as many different perspectives and viewpoints as we can. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to email us.  The deadline is May 20 2021. Best of luck! 


    1. Thank you, Pooja! Looking forward to reading your A-Z posts!

  1. This sounds very interesting and inviting.

    Are essays from old farts, like me, welcome? 🙂

    1. Aw, Stu! Writing has no age, so absolutely. We’d be delighted to see your submission. 🙂

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