We are extending the entry deadline for the Adam Matthew Essay Prize to January 31st.

This essay competition is aimed at late-stage PhD candidates (at least two years completed), early career researchers, and independent scholars in the field of North American studies.

The prize consists of £500 and one year’s access to an Adam Matthew digital primary source collection of the winner’s choice. The winner will also be asked submit a second essay for inclusion in the collection of Adam Matthew’s primary sources they choose to make use of.

Essays should be between 3000 and 5000 words in length. It is not required that submissions make use of Adam Matthew’s collections, but they must be on a topic covered by any one of Adam Matthew’s North American collections. These include:

  • African American Communities
  • American Consumer Culture 1935-1965
  • American History 1493-1945
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures
  • China, America and the Pacific
  • Colonial America
  • Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961
  • Everyday Life and Women in America, c1800-1920
  • Frontier Life
  • Global Commodities
  • History of Mass Tourism
  • Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954
  • Migration to New Worlds
  • The Nixon Years, 1969-1974
  • Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975
  • Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900
  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History
  • Victorian Popular Culture
  • Virginia Company Archives
  • World’s Fairs

Applicants must be members of the IAAS to enter. You can join the association here. The winner will be announced at the 2016 IAAS and BAAS Joint Annual Conference at Queen’s University Belfast.

Submission guidelines:

  • Essays must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length (including notes)
  • Essays must be written in English and word processed on A4 paper
  • Essays must be formatted in accordance with the MLA style manual
  • Author’s name or institutional affiliation must not appear on the essay
  • Author’s details must be submitted on a separate sheet

Please contact Alan Gibbs for further details: a.gibbs@ucc.ie


***NB: Essays should not be submitted to Adam Matthew***