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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 eight prizes of $100.00 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 2017/2018.

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 pages (please, no theses).

Submissions must be accompanied by a nominating letter from the professor who taught the course for which the essay was written. 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 July 31, 2018, 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: John Smail
Academic Affairs
University College
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Jennifer Tucker
Department of History
PAC, Room 113
Wesleyan University
238 Church Street
Middletown, CT 06459-0002
Susannah Ottaway
Department of History
Leighton Hall
Carleton College
1 N College St
Northfield, MN 55057


NACBS Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners 2017

Edward Crouse, Columbia University: “Sylvia on Trial: Sedition, Censorship and Civil Liberties in 1921”
Nominator: Susan Pedersen
Holly Dayton, Stanford University: “Balancing Continuity and Change: Managerial Strategy on London’s West End During the First World War”
Nominator: Peter Stansky
Jackie Keshner, College of William and Mary; “ “The Conscience of the King”: Iago and Hamlet’s Masculine Irresolution in Othello and Hamlet”
Nominator: Erin Webster
 Patricia Serpa, UC Berkeley; “‘COME AND JOIN THE PARTY’: Reconstructing Gay Identity in Neoliberal Britain”
Nominator: James Vernon
Eli Weiner, University of Virginia; “Defining a Discipline: The Organization and Professionalization of History in Late Victorian England”
Nominator: Erik Linstrum