The Marjorie Chibnall Essay Prize

Submissions are now being sought for the 2018 Marjorie Chibnall Essay Prize, offered in memory of the former director of the Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies and co-founder of the Allen Brown Memorial Trust. It is awarded for an unpublished scholarly paper based upon original research and relating to the study of the Anglo-Norman world, broadly defined, between c. 850 and c. 1250.

Candidates for the Prize are normally expected to be doctoral students in a recognised institution of Higher Learning, or within two years of having completed a doctorate (from the date the degree was awarded).

The winning paper will be awarded a place at the 2018 Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies, to be held at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge from 20 to 23 July, together with the cost of attendance plus reasonable travel expenses. It is a condition of the Prize that the paper should be delivered at the conference following its award, and be submitted for exclusive publication in Anglo-Norman Studies.

The paper should be written in English, between 6,000 to 7,000 words in length (excluding footnotes), and follow the usual scholarly conventions of Anglo-Norman Studies.

Candidates should send a covering letter, an abstract (between 200 and 250 words) of their paper, and their entry itself, to The Hon. Secretary of the Allen Brown Memorial Trust, Ms Caroline Palmer, either as a paper copy, c/o Boydell and Brewer, PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DF and marked confidential; or via an email attachment to Cpalmer@boydell.co.uk with the three documents combined into one file. The letter should make a statement as to the originality of the work; an indication of how the candidate qualifies for entry to the competition; agreement to the terms of the Prize competition; and name, postal address, email address, and institutional details.

Entries must be submitted by 31 January 2018. Previously unsuccessful candidates may reapply, but must address a new topic.

The winner will be announced at the beginning of March 2018, the work having been judged by a selection committee made up of representatives of the Trust; their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Trustees reserve the right not to make an award should no essay of sufficient quality be entered.