Hakluyt Society Essay Prize

Hakluyt Society Essay Prize

The Hakluyt Society awards an annual essay prize (or more than one, if the judges so decide) of up to a total of £1,000. The competition is open to any registered graduate student at a higher education institution (a university or equivalent) or to anyone who has been awarded a graduate degree in the past three years. If possible, the prize will be presented at the Hakluyt Society’s Annual General Meeting in London in June.

Prizewinners will be invited to present a paper on the topic of their essay at a Hakluyt Society Symposium (in which case travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed) and will also receive a one-year membership of the Society. The deadline for the 2020 prize has passed, and entries are currently being assessed for an announcement next year.

Submissions for the 2021 prize are now invited, the deadline for which will be 30 November 2020. For further details, and instructions on how to submit your essay, please download the information sheet.

This year’s winners

The Hakluyt Society Essay Prize for 2020 is awarded to Dr Katie Bank (University of Sheffield), for her essay: ‘Truth and Travel: The Principal Navigations and “Thule, the Period of Cosmographie”’.

An Honourable Mention is awarded to Ellen Smith (University of Leicester), for her essay: ‘Crafting Traditional Families in the British Empire: The Biography of Caroline Cuffley Giberne, 1803-1885

Our thanks to all the participants and warmest congratulations to the winners.