The Samuel Pepys Award 2021

The Samuel Pepys Award 2021 – Rules

The Trustees of the Samuel Pepys Award Trust invite submissions for the tenth Samuel Pepys Award, to be presented at the annual Pepys Club dinner on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

The biennial prize of £2,000 is for a book that, in the opinion of the judges, makes the greatest contribution to the understanding of Samuel Pepys, his times or his contemporaries.


The first Samuel Pepys Award marked the tercentenary of Pepys’s death in 2003 and was won by Claire Tomalin for her biography, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self.

Subsequent prize winners were:

  • 2005 Frances Harris for Transformations of Love
  • 2007 John Adamson for The Noble Revolt
  • 2009 JD Davies for Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-1689.
  • 2011 Michael Hunter for Boyle: Between God and Science.
  • 2013 Henry Reece for The Army in Cromwellian England 1649-1660
  • 2015 Paul Slack for The Invention of Improvement: Information and Material Progress in Seventeenth-Century England
  • 2017 John Walter for Covenanting Citizens: The Protestant Oath and Popular Political culture in the English Revolution
  • 2019 David Como for Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War

A specially cast medal by Philip Nathan, in memory of Robert Latham, joint editor of the eleven-volume The Diary of Samuel Pepys, will be presented to the winning author.


The Rules

  1. Submissions must be made no later than Wednesday 30 June 2021.
  2. Books must be published between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021.
  3. Submissions, non-fiction and fiction, must have been written in the English language.
  4. Books published in the UK, Ireland, USA and the Commonwealth are eligible for the Samuel Pepys Award.
  5. The judges of the Samuel Pepys Award reserve the right to call in books.
  6. The Samuel Pepys Award will be presented at the annual dinner of the Samuel Pepys Club in London on Tuesday 16 November 2021.


The judges of the tenth Samuel Pepys Award are:

  • Eamon Duffy is Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge and the author of numerous books including The Stripping of the Altars and Saints and Sinners, a history of the Popes
  • Sir David Latham is the son of Robert Latham, the editor of the Diary. He is a retired Lord Justice of Appeal and an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway College, University of London. He is the current Chairman of the Samuel Pepys Club
  • Robin O’Neill is a former British ambassador, read English at Cambridge and has a particular interest in diplomatic history and English literature in the seventeenth century
  • Caroline Sandwich read English at Cambridge and Middle Eastern politics at London. Has served on the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Historic Houses Association amongst others. Her work at her husband’s family house, Mapperton, has given her an interest in seventeenth century history.
  • Sir Keith Thomas is a Fellow of All Souls and a distinguished historian of the early modern world, whose publications include Religion and the Decline of Magic, and Man and the Natural World.


Submissions should be made on the Samuel Pepys Submission Form 2021

Please post completed forms by 30 June 2021 to:

Professor William Pettigrew
4 Regent Street
Lancashire LA1 1SG

And post one copy of each submitted book to the following addresses by 30 June 2021

Professor Eamon Duffy
13 Gurney Way
Cambridge CB42 2ED

Sir David Latham
3 Manor Farm Close
Dorset DT11 8XL

Robin O’Neill
4 Castle Street
Saffron Walden CB10 1BP

Caroline Sandwich
Dorset DT8 3NR

Sir Keith Thomas
The Broad Gate
Broad Street
Ludlow SY8 1NJ



Czechoslovak Studies Association Prize for the Best Book in the Field of Czechoslovak Historical Studies

To be eligible for consideration for the 2021 Prize, books must be primarily concerned with the history of Czechoslovakia, its predecessor and successor states, or any of its peoples within and without its historical boundaries. The field of historical studies will be broadly construed, with books in all fields considered for the prize if they are substantially historical in nature. The prize committee will decide whether a book matches these criteria. Books under consideration must be new works by a single author written originally in the English language with eligibility being the author’s membership in the Czechoslovak Studies Association.

In this cycle we are considering books published in the years 2019 and 2020

**Books for consideration should be submitted in hard copy to the book review committee at the following addresses as soon as possible and not later than 25 June 2021.**

Prof. Mark Cornwall
60 Northlands Road
Southampton SO15 2LH

Prof. Cathleen Giustino
1203 Hickory Lane
AL 36830

Prof. James Krapfl
21326 Hwy 136
IA 52033


Being Human festival 2021: call for applications

The annual Being Human festival will return Thursday 11 – Saturday 20 November 2021 with the theme ‘Renewal’. Being Human is a national free festival geared towards public engagement with humanities research, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. To enable planning to begin, we are committing to a hybrid-delivery festival that combines the best of online engagement with safe in-person activities. The call for applications for 2021 is now live!

There are four ways to take part in the festival:

1. Small Awards: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities. (Deadline 3 May)

2. Hub Awards: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000- £5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub (only a small number of these awards are made every year). (Deadline 3 May)

3. Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding from us. (Deadline 28 June)

4. Being Human Cafés: a simple ‘off-the-shelf’ format for an activity that does not require funding from us. (Deadline 28 June)


BALH ‘Meanwhile Nearby’ historical resource – call for contributors

BALH is currently in discussions with education experts at the University of Reading to develop an exciting new education resource for local history, and we are reaching out to our members and member societies for your help and expertise.

‘Meanwhile Nearby’ is a fantastic resource that allows teachers to bring more local history into the classroom, by getting pupils to research (and then discuss in class) local history that was happening at the same time as the topics that they are studying in their taught curriculum. BALH is now teaming up with this project, to provide expertise and support for teachers across the country.

To accomplish this, we are looking for volunteers from amongst our members to help to identify stories and locate resources which could be used to build a ‘Meanwhile Nearby…’ resource.

A list of potential projects has already been identified, and we are looking for contributions in the following areas:

– London in the Industrial Revolution (particularly the Clapham area)

– The impact of the Industrial Revolution in the Cotswolds

– The slave trade and local landowners in Northumberland

– Working women in Derry (NI) in the Industrial Revolution.

This resource will be hosted on BALH’s new educational resources web section and used by teachers across the country.

If you feel you might be able to help BALH in this exciting new collaboration

Please get in touch with Claire Kennan at

More information and example resources can be found at

We look forward to hearing from you!!


London Journal: Call for Applications for Editorial Manager

The London Journal invites applications for the position of Managing Editor . The Managing Editor is responsible for ensuring the London Journal continues to publish articles in a timely manner appropriate to the aims and objectives of the Journal so as to maintain the Journal’s reputation as a high quality publication suitable for both academic and interested public audiences. The work involved is variable but on average equates to half a day a week. The expectation is that the Managing Editor will remain in post for four years (with an option to renew) and there is a six month period of notice for either party. There is an honorarium of £3000 attached to the role. Deadline for applications: March 31.

For further information, and to apply, go to:


First Hume Studies Essay Prize

First Hume Studies Essay Prize

The Hume Society invites submissions for the first Hume Studies Essay Prize, to be awarded in 2022. The biennial competition is open to those ten or fewer years from the Ph.D., including those currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program. The winning paper will be published with acknowledgment in Hume Studies, and the author will receive $1,000. To be eligible for the first prize, papers must be submitted any time before and including August 1, 2021 (11:59 Eastern Daylight Savings time). Authors will be asked as a step in the submission process whether they qualify. Papers will undergo the regular anonymized referee review process and a separate anonymous review by a subset of members of the Editorial Board, who will decide the competition winner. Papers not selected for the award may still be accepted for publication. The editors can decide not to move submissions on to the Board review if referee reports indicate they would not be competitive. The Editorial Board reserves the right not to award a prize in any given competition.

The first winning essay will appear next year in a 2022 issue of Hume Studies. Please direct questions to forthcoming editors, Elizabeth Radcliffe ( or Mark Spencer (

Image credit: David Hume Memorial Plaque in Edinburgh, Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 licence


The T V Haykin Essay Prize

The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies is pleased to announce the launching of a new annual essay competition in memory of Mrs. T.V. Haykin (1933–1975). The T.V. Haykin Essay Prize seeks to recognize and reward outstanding female researchers in Baptist history and thought.The T.V. Haykin Essay Prize aims to encourage submissions from female graduate and doctoral students from all over the globe and early career researchers who are within five years of obtaining their PhD. The essay will be on any topic related to the English Particular Baptist history and thought in the long eighteenth century (ca. 1689–1834). It should be around 5,000 words (including footnotes following the Chicago-Turabian style) in length. The editorial board of The Journal of Andrew Fuller Studies will review all submissions to select the T.V. Haykin Essay Prize winner.

The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in the Journal of Andrew Fuller Studies;
  • $500 (Canadian currency) cash award

Competition Rules:

  • Entries should be submitted to before November 30, 2021.
  • Entries submitted to the T.V. Haykin Essay Prize must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The winner of the T.V. Haykin Essay Prize will be required to prove their academic status.


Gender & History: Applications invited to join Editorial Collective

The journal Gender & History is recruiting new members to its editorial collective.The editorial collective is the journal’s ultimate decision-making body and sets the intellectual direction of the journal and its special issues and associated events. Collective members will be asked to coordinate manuscripts through the reviewing process, act as reviewers, and offer intellectual input at collective meetings (two per year, with the option of virtual attendance where meetings are in person).

We are keen to diversify the composition of our editorial collective and journal, and we encourage applications from scholars at any career stage post-PhD whose work intersects with the remit of the journal.

To apply, please send a two-page CV and a brief statement (max 400 words) explaining your suitability for collective membership to by 31 March 2021.

Information about the journal is available here with the current editorial collective listed here:


SSLH BA/Masters Dissertation Bursary

Are you studying labour history topic for your dissertation or are you supervising a student who is?

The Society for the Study of Labour History (SSLH) BA/Masters Dissertation Bursary supports archival and library research that will contribute to a dissertation on a labour history topic. The maximum of individual awards is £500. For the academic year 2020-21, it supports access to online/digitised material. This may include, for example, digitisation/copying costs of material provided to individual students for their research or individual subscriptions to online archival databases (where there is no access through the applicant’s institution).

Bursary holders must either be in the final year of an undergraduate degree or undertaking a taught Masters degree. They must be a registered student at a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. The application form and further information can be found here:


Call For Submissions: New Edited Collection ‘Women In Power: Female Agency in the Nineteenth Century

Edited by Dr. Fern Riddell, Dr. Emma Butcher, and Dr. Bob Nicholson, ‘Women In Power: Female Agency in the Nineteenth Century’ will seek to challenge the view that the public sphere was overwhelmingly male, and reveal the many places in which Victorian women wielded power and agency.

This edited collection will showcase both the professional and domestic power held by women of the Victorian era, but we are especially interested in women who shaped the world around us through their public lives. We are also keen to push past the lens of victimhood that has often shaped studies of women’s agency in this period and to explore alternative ways of understanding their experiences. Our goal is to normalise nineteenth-century female agency as everyday and pervasive, rather than transgressive and rare.

We welcome global submissions from all disciplines exploring women’s lives in the nineteenth century, from established scholars, early career researchers, PhD students, as well as non-affiliated independents. Submissions can include, but are not limited to, case studies of individuals, as well as broad themes and identities exploring:

  • Race
  • Colonialism
  • Journalism & Publishing
  • Science & Ideas
  • Culture
  • Trade Unions
  • Politics
  • War
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Trans lives
  • Exploration
  • Business Women

We intend for this to be an edited collection of chapters roughly 8-10,000 words in length, but at this stage need only expressions of interest.

Please email a title and abstract of 250-300 words to:

Submission deadline: 28th February, 2021.