Submissions are now being sought for the 2015 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 It is awarded for an unpublished scholarly paper based upon original research and relating to the study of the Anglo-Norman world, broadly defined, between c. 850 and c. 1250.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 2015 Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies, to be held in Cambridge between 17 and 21 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. It should be emailed to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org; the file should be named using the protocol of (candidate’s) lastname_firstname.mcp2015.
Candidates should also send an abstract (between 200 and 250 words) of their paper, and a covering letter, 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. 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 2 March 2015. Previously unsuccessful candidates may reapply, but must address a new topic.
The winner will be announced by the end of April 2015, 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.