Thursday, May 30, 2013

The William Hazlitt Essay Prize and Christy Wampole's "The Essayification of Everything"

Notting Hill Editions announces the William Hazlitt Essay Prize, "for the best essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject." It requires an entry fee of £10, due August 1, 2013. While you're there you might also check out the Essay Library, a mostly free collection of the 100 greatest essays, with links to full text or books as available.

& Christy Wampole's "The Essayification of Everything," an excellent little essay on the resurgent and timely popularity of the essay in the New York Times. She writes:
I believe that the essay owes its longevity today mainly to this fact: the genre and its spirit provide an alternative to the dogmatic thinking that dominates much of social and political life in contemporary America. In fact, I would advocate a conscious and more reflective deployment of the essay’s spirit in all aspects of life as a resistance against the zealous closed-endedness of the rigid mind. I’ll call this deployment “the essayification of everything.”
Certainly worth the attention of anyone that follows the essay (or Essay Daily).

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