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Awards

The North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) sponsors annual prizes for the best books and articles in British Studies published in the preceding year by scholars in North America. It also sponsors research and travel grants for scholars and graduate students, and essay prizes for MA and undergraduate students. All awards are announced each year at the annual meeting of NACBS. Please click on the appropriate links for more information on eligibility, deadlines, and submission guidelines for each award. 

Discover our Prizes

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John Ben Snow Prize

The John Ben Snow Prize is a $500 prize awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies dealing with the period from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century.

Judith R. Walkowitz Article Prize

The Judith R. Walkowitz Article Prize is awarded annually for the best published article on issues relating to gender and sexuality in British culture. It honors Professor Walkowitz’s outstanding work in the history of gender, sexuality and culture and her influence in the field of British Studies and on the community of scholars who participate in it. The prize is open to scholars resident in North America working in any time period and in any discipline in British Studies, and carries a cash award of $150.

M.A. Essay Prize

The NACBS awards a prize of $500 annually for the best piece of original research produced by a student in a “stand-alone” M.A. program at a university or college in the U.S. or Canada. Essays may be from any department—History, English, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, etc.—but must relate to a topic in British Studies. Essays nominated for this prize may deal with subjects related to the British Isles or with some aspect of the British Imperial/Post-Colonial experience, broadly construed.

The Stansky Book Prize

The Stansky Book Prize of $500 is awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book published anywhere by a North American scholar on any aspect of British studies since 1800. 

Undergraduate Essay Prize

Each year the NACBS awards up to eight prizes of $100 each to the best essays on British topics submitted by undergraduates studying in American and Canadian universities. Essays may be from any department –History, English, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, etc.–as long as they relate to British Studies and date from the 2021-22 academic year. 

Walter D. Love Prize

The Walter D. Love Prize in History is a $150 award given annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best article or paper of similar length or scope by a North American scholar in the field of British history. The 2022 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2021. The prize journal article or paper, which may be published anywhere in the world, should exhibit a humane and compassionate understanding of the subject, imagination, literary grace, and scrupulous scholarship. It should also make a significant contribution to its field of study.

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