The IAAS have extended the deadline for submission to the Adam Matthew Digital Essay Prize. Submissions must be received on or before 15th March 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for one lucky IAAS member to avail of and explore these extensive online collections, which relate to 18th-, 19th– and 20th-century American history, culture, literature, and society.

The winner will be awarded €100 and one year’s access to an Adam Matthew digital primary-source collection, of the winner’s choice.

This essay competition is open to late-stage PhD candidates, early-career researchers (within 7 years of competing a PhD), and independent scholars working on any area of North-American Studies, including (but by no means limited to) history, literature, and popular culture, and normally resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The scope of the competition reflects the IAAS’s wide-ranging interests, and our commitment to developing and fostering the inter- and multi-disciplinary study of North America throughout Ireland.

Applicants MUST be members of the IAAS. You can join the Association here.

Essays should relate broadly to a topic covered by any one of Adam Matthew’s North American Collections which include topics such as

  • African-American Communities
  • American Consumer Culture
  • Everyday Life and Women in America c.1800-1920
  • Jewish Life in America c.1654-1954
  • The Nixon Years
  • World’s Fairs

It is not necessary for submitted essays to make use of these collections; however, should you wish to do so, a 30-day free trial is available. Details can be found here (


Submission Guidelines:

  • Essays must be between 3000 and 5000 words in length (including notes).
  • Essays must be written in English and submitted as PDFs.
  • Essays must be formatted in accordance with the MLA style manual.
  • The author’s name or institutional affiliation must not appear anywhere on the essay. These details should be included in the submission email.

The winner will be announced at the IAAS Annual Conference in Ulster University in April 2017, and may be considered for inclusion in The Irish Journal of American Studies.

Please send all submissions and enquiries to Dara Downey:

**NB – essays must not be submitted to Adam Matthew**