Regulations for the Hawksmoor Essay Medal and the James Morris Essay Prize
The judges will be looking for evidence of originality of thought and high academic and literary quality
There is no age limit for entrants, but the preference may be given to entrants who have not previously published in the field of architectural history. Details of degrees or qualifications, as well as previous publications, must be submitted with the entrant's real name and address. See 6.
The essay must not have been previously published and must not have been awarded any national or international prize. A note of any departmental prizes awarded to it must accompany the entrant's real name and address.
Essays may be up to 10,000 words in length, including all notes and appendices. Entrants are encouraged to submit shorter pieces, however. Shorter submissions will not be penalised on grounds of length, but overlength essays will be refused. A word count and a summary of up to 250 words (additional to the work total) must be included.
The essay should demonstrate original thinking. It may be based on a dissertation, and may involve original research, although essays based on a survey of secondary material will also be considered if they are of suitable quality. However, the essay should be self-contained and especially prepared for this competition.
Essays must be anonymous. Entrants must select a pseudonym under which to submit their text, with a sealed envelope bearing the pseudonym and containing their real name, address and telephone number or use the online form.
Entries must be written in English. Diagrams or illustrations may be included and should be captioned. They may take the form of scans, provided they can be easily read. Sources of information must be acknowledged.
The winning essay will be considered for publication in the Society's journal, Architectural History, subject to the usual process of refereeing, and to acceptance by the Editors, whose decision on this shall be final. In the event of the essay being accepted for publication, some reworking may be required. Essays may not be offered for publication elsewhere while they are sub judice.
In the case of any dispute about the award, the decision of the Society's Essay Sub-Committee shall be final.
The Society reserves the right to make no award if none of the entries is considered worthy.