Introduction:
The American Friends of James Joyce and The Modern Word are proud to announce the winners in their fourth annual James Joyce Essay Contest.

Questions

Students were asked to prepare an essay that answered the following question:

Although he was born in the late nineteenth century, James Joyce is often named as the greatest writer of the twentieth century. In the coming years, what would a writer your age need to do to be considered as a candidate for the “greatest writer of the twenty-first century?” (In terms of themes, styles, innovations, etc.)

We received a wonderfully large number of essays, and selecting the prize winners was no easy task. But here are the tope three prize winners:

Winning Essays

1. James Joyce Essay
By
Christine McCue

2. James Joyce Essay
By
Claire Wyatt

3. James Joyce Essay
By Spencer Pate

Prizes

First Prize: $1500 scholarship and a set of James Joyce’s major works.
Second Prize: $500 scholarship and a set of James Joyce’s major works.
Third Prize: A set of James Joyce’s major works.

All winners, including honorable mentions, will remain on The Modern Word in perpetuity, at stable URLs, until the end of the world as we know it.

Your friendly neighborhood judges:

Robert DiYanni
Bob Joyce
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
Allen B. Ruch

Sponsors

The Joyce Essay Contest is sponsored by The American Friends of James Joyce and The Modern Word, and co-sponsored by the James Joyce Centre of Dublin.

Featured Links

Previous Winners – Read the winning essays from our previous Joyce Essay Contests.

The James Joyce Centre – Located in a restored Georgian townhouse in Dublin, the James Joyce Centre is dedicated to “promoting an interest in his life and works,” and contains members of the Joyce family on its board.

American Friends of James Joyce – The homepage of the AFJJ, a New York organization affiliated with the JJC in Dublin and dedicated to increasing awareness of Joyce through reading groups and Bloomsday events.