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Subject: John Nichols Prize
Just to remind subscribers to the list that the John Nichols Prize is again
available, the closing date being the end of the calendar year. Submissions
should be sent to me, Dave Postles, at the Centre for English Local History,
5, Salisbury Road, Leicester, UK, LE1 7QR. You can discuss intending
submissions with me ([log in to unmask]). The value of the Prize is one hundred
pounds. Usually a decision is made about the award in February and the
cheque sent in the early summer. Below is the text of the requirements for
submissions which was drafted by a previous Head of Department. Please
contact me informally if you are interested.
It is hoped that intending competitors for this annual prize will be broadly
sympathetic to the approaches of this Department or will be working in some
other way constructively to advance scholarship in the subject. By "English
local history" (which may also be taken to embrace Wales) we understand the
historical study of two inter-related matters: local society and local
landscape. In the former case the society may be regional or rural or urban,
but it should display an identifiable character of its own. Such a
"community" may be studied as a whole or thematically with respect, for
example, to its institutions, its economy or its culture. In the latter
case, the landscape in question may range from the topography of an
individual settlement, or the characteristic of an identifiable district (
for example, woodland or fen) to the nature of a region. In all such
instances the emphasis should be on the relationship between man and the
environment and the marks he has left upon it.
Whether entrants concentrate on one or other of these aspects of the
subject, or on a combination of the two, it is hoped that such
investigations will illustrate significant variations from the general
picture presented in the textbooks. The Department is especially concerned
to illuminate questions of general historical significance through the
intensive study of the particular. Entries from those who wish to throw new
light in some other way on an aspect of national history, through the study
of a locality, therefore, will also be closely considered.
If you feel that the subject you have proposed, falls within one of these
categories, you are welcome to submit an essay on it. and may take this
letter as signifying that your subject has been formally approved. However,
compositions which have already been published, or which have been awarded
any other prize, are not eligible.
In judging the entries, account will be taken of form as well as substance.
Between two essays of equal value as contributions to knowledge, preference
will be given to the one with the more attractive literary presentation.
The value of the prize is £100. The University reserves the right to make no
award if no essay of sufficient merit is submitted. The University also
reserves the right, but does not bind itself, to publish the winning essay
in printed form.
Essays must be submitted on or before 31 December. They must be typewritten,
on one side of the paper only, with double spacing for the text, and single
or double spacing for the footnotes. They must not exceed 20,000 words in
length, excluding footnotes. References should be given at the foot of the
page, and preferably in the forms adopted as standard in the publications of
the Department. Communications, marked John Nichols Prize, should be
addressed to Dave Postles, Department of English Local History, University
of Leicester, Marc Fitch House, 5 Salisbury Road, Leicester, LE1 7QR. A
stamped addressed envelope must accompany the typescript for return.