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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.


* DEADLINE: July 15, 2020* 

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 2019-20 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 July 15th, 2020, 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: Susannah Ottaway
Department of History
Carleton College
[email protected]   
Maura O’Connor
Department of History
University of Cincinnati
[email protected]
Jennifer J. Purcell
Department of History
Saint Michael's College
[email protected]


Vincent Costa (Drew University), “‘Here We Have a Special Way of Waging War’: British Military Adaptations to Warfare in North America.” Nominated by Jonathan Rose.

Hannah Healy (Columbia University), “Margaret Thatcher and Navigating the Issue of Abortion.” Nominated by Sarah Mass.

Andrew Sobelsohn (Columbia University), “The Grave Problem of Peace in Palestine: Norman Bentwich and the British Military Administration’s Reestablishment and Restructuring of the Palestine Judicial System, 1917-1919.” Nominated by Anna K. Danziger Halperin.

Allie Spensley (Princeton University), “The making of manly, god-fearing citizens: Masculinity and domesticity in the Boy’s Own Paper, 1879-1900.” Nominated by Eleanor Hubbard.

Sarah Walker (Columbia University), “‘Surely There are Enough’: Lone Motherhood and Narratives of Moral Decline in Late Twentieth-Century Britain.” Nominated by Sarah Mass.