GHS 2009 Essay Prize

Posted on January 5th, 2009 by Sian Jones

The fifth annual Garden History Society Essay Prize is under way, with entries to be submitted by 30 March. The prize is open to any student at a university or institute of higher education. Essays must be 5000 to 6000 words and the only restriction on subject matter is that it must be of relevance to garden history. The prize was established to encourage vibrant, scholarly research and writing, which it certainly has done; previous prize-winning essays have encompassed an explanation of Wilton’s Rainbow Fountain, an examination of the garden in a seventeenth century masque, the exposition of a lost eighteenth-century Royal garden and the role of gardens in the nineteenth-century treatment of mental illness.

The prize includes a cheque for £250, to be presented at the annual garden party in June, free membership of the Society for a year and consideration for publication in the peer-reviewed, scholarly Journal Garden History.

All previous winners have been accepted for publication and often the best of the non-winning entries are invited to submit to the Journal; several entries from last year’s competition are currently in preparation for publication in forthcoming issues. Previous winners are also making waves in the field of garden history; 2007 winner Paige Johnson went on to receive a coveted Robert Adam travel bursary to further her research on the Art Deco garden, while 2005 winner Dr Clare Hickman is now working as a research fellow at Bristol University where she is administering Dr Tim Mowl’s Leverhulme Trust funded project to chart England’s historic gardens and landscapes.

Deadline for submissions is 30 March 2009, and be accompanied by an entry form. More details can be found in the Rules for Submission

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