The Trollope Prize is awarded annually to the best undergraduate and graduate essays in English on the works of Anthony Trollope. The Prize was established to focus attention on Trollope's work and career; though he is one of the most important writers in the Victorian period and in the history of the novel, his novels are often overlooked today. The Prize is designed to help promote the study of Trollope in college classrooms and to encourage student engagement with both Trollope's work and Victorian literary history through their own intensive research and writing.
Submissions for the prize are accepted from around the world. Beginning in 2011, two prizes will be awarded: one to an essay written by an undergraduate student and one to an essay written by a graduate student. The writer of the winning undergraduate essay will receive a $1,000 award. The winning undergraduate student's faculty adviser will also receive a $500 award to help support the continued development of curriculum focusing on Trollope's works. The graduate winner will receive a $2,000 award.
Both of the winning essays will be published in The Fortnightly Review; the publication will also provide a modest additional honorarium to the winners of the undergraduate and graduate competition. For more on The Fortnightly Review.
The Trollope Prize was established by an anonymous benefactor to encourage the reading, study, and teaching of Trollope's novels. The Prize is administered by the English department, with support from the Hall Center for the Humanities at The University of Kansas.