The Richards Essay Prize encourages and rewards independent critical reading of English literature.

This year's adjudicator was Dr Clare Bucknell (All Souls College, Oxford).

Winner: Justin Kendall (JDN)

Runner-up: Jonathan Honnor (NCWS)

Highly commended: Tom Hamp (ABH)

Justin wrote an essay on John Milton and Mary Shelley, entitled:

'The mind is its own place, and in itself/Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n' (Paradise Lost 1.254-5).

To what extent do Milton and Shelley challenge traditional morality with the monsters of Paradise Lost and Frankenstein?