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Rosenfeld, H. (1977). Clinical Essay Prize. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 58:379-380.

(1977). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 58:379-380

Clinical Essay Prize

Herbert Rosenfeld, M.D.

The Clinical Essay Prize was founded in 1932 under a Trust Deed which laid down the amount of the award, the requirements of the essay, the procedure for entering the competition, and the rules governing the publication of prize essays.

All conditions were reviewed by the Trustees and certain changes approved which took effect from 1970. The closing date for the next competition is 31 March 1978.

The conditions currently governing the competition are as follows:

A prize of £75 is offered, and the closing date for applications is 31 March 1978.


The essay shall consist of a clinical record of a case treated by psychoanalysis. It should illustrate clearly the events and changes in the mental life of the patient and their relation to external environment. In awarding the prize, the judges will pay attention to acuity of observation and the clarity with which the facts are stated. If the writer wishes to draw theoretical conclusions, he must bear in mind the necessity of making the evidence for such conclusions carry conviction.

It is recommended that the length of the essay should not exceed 20, 000 words.

The essay shall not have been published in any book, journal, or other form of publication and shall not have been read to or have formed the subject of discussion at any formally constituted meeting of psychoanalysts.


The prize is awarded every second year and essays must reach the Institute on or before 31 March in the competition year.

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