New Medieval Literatures Scholars of Colour Essay Prize

New Medieval Literatures Scholars of Colour Essay Prize

Submissions are now warmly invited for the inaugural New Medieval Literatures Scholars of Colour Essay Prize. The prize is designed to recognize work that contributes to a more inclusive discipline of Medieval Studies, and is specifically intended to highlight the work of early career scholars of colour, working in the fields of premodern literature, history, art, and culture.

The winning essay will be awarded a prize, sponsored by Boydell & Brewer, of either £150 in cash or £300 of Boydell & Brewer books, in addition to publication in New Medieval Literatures. It is a condition of the Prize that the paper be submitted for exclusive publication in New Medieval Literatures.

Entrants should submit their essays to the editors in the usual way, by email to the current volume editor Dr Philip Knox (, with an accompanying statement that they wish to be considered for the New Medieval Literatures Essay Prize and agree to the terms of the Prize competition. All entries will be considered for publication in NML, whether or not they win the prize. 

The entries will be judged by a selection committee composed of members of New Medieval Literature’s editorial board and with external review as necessary; their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The board reserves the right not to make an award should no essay of sufficient quality be entered in a given year.

Entries for the first Prize should be submitted by 31 March 2022; the winner will be announced in May 2022, and the essay will be published in the 2023 issue of New Medieval Literatures.

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