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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.


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.

Essays must have been written while the author was a degree-seeking undergraduate at a U.S. or Canadian college or university. Essays should be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages (please, no full theses—if the submission is drawn from a thesis project it must be excerpted).

Submissions must be accompanied by a nominating letter from the instructor who taught the course or supervised the independent project for which the essay was written. Nominators may submit one paper per course/seminar, and as many of their strongest independent projects as they feel are deserving of the award. Nominating faculty must be current members of the NACBS.

Please include the permanent mailing address and email contact information for the student. Send an electronic copy of the essay and the letter of nomination (as two separate documents-either WORD or PDF) to EACH of the following three members of the prize committee by 11:59 p.m. on June 30th, 2022, via e-mail. The essay file should be named (NOMINEE’S NAME_Essay). The letter of nomination file should be named (NOMINEE’S NAME_Letter). Contact details, including current e-mail addresses, for the committee members appear below:

Chair: Maura O’Connor
Department of History
University of Cincinnati
[email protected]

Brian Cooper
Independent Scholar
[email protected]

Romita Ray
Art and Music Histories Department
Syracuse University
[email protected]


John Ellis (University of Nebraska), “Sir Francis Walsingham and Roberto Ridolfi: A Critical Analysis of the Ridolfi Double-Agent Theory,” nominated by Carole Levin.

Brianna Cervantes Reisbeck (University of California, Riverside), “Advertising Revolution: The Emergence of Advertising in British Newsbooks in the 1600s,” nominated by Thomas Cogswell.