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The Curriers’ Company London History Essay Prize

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About the prize

The Worshipful Company of Curriers, one of the livery companies of the City of London, has established an essay prize on the history of London, in association with The London Journal Trust and the Institute of Historical Research. The author of the winning submission will receive £1,000 and the essay will normally be published in The London Journal. Essays must fall within the scope of The London Journal. They may be on any aspect of the history of London, from the Romans to the present day, reflect any relevant approach or disciplinary perspective, and can consider London alone or in comparison with other cities. Essays must be based on original research, and should not have been previously published.

Area of research: 
The history of London from the Romans to the present day.

Eligibility requirements: 
The prize is open to postgraduate students registered at UK universities, and to early career scholars based in the UK. ‘Early career’ is defined for this purpose as someone who has completed (ie been successfully examined for) a PhD within the previous three years.

Amount awarded: 

Find out more about The Curriers’ Company London History Essay Prize here.

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Submission Instructions


Submissions should be a maximum of 8,000 words in length (including endnotes) and be suitable for publication in an academic journal. Submitted essays must be in the house style of The London Journal and be in article format. Further guidance on the scope and requirements of The London Journal can be found here.

The prize is open for submissions until 8th January 2021.

The selection panel will make its decisions based on:

  • the author’s skill and control in using sources;
  • the author’s command of evidence;
  • the author’s clarity and quality of writing;
  • whether the entry makes a clearly defined contribution to the knowledge and understanding of an aspect of the history of London;
  • the originality of the entry.

Hard-copy entries will be deemed ineligible. Only entries submitted using the IHR’s online application system will be considered.

As well as completing the ‘Personal Details’ and ‘Education’ fields, applicants should submit their prize entry as a Word document in the ‘Uploads’ tab of the online form, under the section ‘Prize entry or research trip costings’.

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