Bringing the Brontës to the 21st Century: Lessells Essay Prize

Since the collection was donated to Regis, the Humanities faculty have given out an award annually for the Joline Reddan Lessells Essay Prize.  This interesting collection is filled with works about the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, brilliant writers of the Victorian era and is located on the third floor of the library.  The Humanities department offers three prompts for those who wish to participate in this program.  In 1500 words, the participants must write about how the Brontës influenced the rise of the novel along with Mary Shelley, how the Brontës have influenced more contemporary novels, or their depiction of women in their novels, using at least two books from the Lessells Collection as sources.  All three prompts leave quite a bit of room for imagination and the interests of the participant. The essay will be evaluated by the heads of the Humanities department and the winning essay will be given a prize of $500.  The due date for the essay is April 11th, so put on your thinking caps and get writing!

If you wish to learn more about the prize or the contest, contact Dr. Jason Clemence or Dr. Julia Lisella for more details.


Adrianna Kinney

Adrianna Kinney

Hi! I'm a first-year student at Regis College and I am double majoring in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, and Psychology. I love reading and writing, mostly fiction, and I hope to make a career out of it.