In 2019, the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize was awarded was not awarded. The judges would like to thank all those who submitted an entry, and wish them luck in the future.
The Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize, the value of which is £750, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, is open to members of the University, who, on the closing date for receipt of essays, have qualified by examination for the Degree of BA and have not exceeded seven years from matriculation or have qualified by examination for any other degree of the University and have not exceeded four years from matriculation or, not being graduates of the University, are pursuing a course of study leading to a postgraduate degree of the University and have not exceeded three years from their matriculation. An additional prize, of £350, may be awarded. The subject of the prize is ‘Your fetish-worship of mere liberty is […], just now, the gravest danger to you.'
Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked ‘The Matthew Arnold Prize’, to the English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UL, not later than Friday 1st March 2019. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. Essays are not expected to exceed 5,000 words, though no maximum length has been prescribed.
The prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.