Essay prize “Bernard Hamilton” for Crusader Studies

In honour of the former president and current honorary president of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE), Professor Bernard Hamilton, and in recognition of his enormous contribution to the society and support of young scholars, the SSCLE will award an annual essay prize.

The Rules

  • The essay should be on any aspect of history, art history or archaeology of the Crusader period or otherwise relating to Crusader studies.
  • Any current doctoral student, or an individual who is within two years of receiving their doctorate is eligible to enter the competition.
  • The essay, excluding references and bibliography must not normally exceed 6,000 words and must conform with the editorial requirements of the SSCLE journal Crusades (available on the SSCLE webpage and in the Bulletin/Journal)).
  • Essays submitted elsewhere for competitions or publication will not be eligible for the prize.
  • The essays must be submitted as electronic copies as an e-mail attachment, to Professor Jonathan Phillips (email: the SSCLE Postgraduate Officer, by 31 December 2018 (by 1 December in subsequent years)
  • Essays should be accompanied by details of the author’s name, address (including email address), institutional affiliation and degree registration.

The Decision

  • The essays will be read by a jury consisting of a panel drawn from the Committee of the SSCLE and the editors of Crusades.
  • The jury panel reserves the right not to award a prize in any particular year.
  • The jury decision will be announced in April.
  • The decision of the jury is final.
  • The winner of the essay competition will have their paper put forward to Crusades where, subject to the normal procedures of satisfactory reports from two anonymous external referees (and, if required, the chance to modify, amend or improve the piece on their advice), it will be published under the title ‘Bernard Hamilton Essay Prize’.
  • Names of prize winners will be posted on the SSCLE webpage and announced in the Bulletin.