In 2020 the JASNA Essay Contest for students will connect Jane Austen’s novels to her Juvenilia. The latter are short pieces she wrote as a young teenager — brief stories, plays, chapters of novels. Many of the works are laugh-out-loud funny, and feature some memorably naughty young ladies. They haveinspired this year’s essay topic — female “villains” in Austen’s novels. This time the assignment for high school students does differ slightly from the one for college and graduate students, so you are urged to visit our website for the details.