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Duncan Tanner Essay Prize 2016

Entries now open

Twentieth Century British History (TCBH) is pleased to sponsor an annual Essay Prize. The aim of the Duncan Tanner Essay Prize is to encourage a high standard of scholarship amongst postgraduate research students in Britain and abroad.


The winner's prize will consist of:

  • Publication of the winning essay in Twentieth Century British History
  • A cash prize of £300
  • £200 worth of OUP books
  • One year's free subscription to Twentieth Century British History

Other entries of sufficient quality may be invited to publish their submissions in the Journal. If so, then they will be given one year's free subscription to Twentieth Century British History.


Word limit: maximum of 10,000 words
Closing date for submissions: 1 November 2016

The competition is open to anyone currently registered for a higher research degree, or who completed one no earlier than October 2015. Entries must be accompanied by an official Duncan Tanner Essay Prize Entry Form that has been countersigned by the entrant's academic supervisor or head of department. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Full rules and entry requirements, along with the entry form, are available here.


Full details and an Essay Prize Entry Form are available:

1. by downloading a PDF here

2. by writing to:

Dr. Adrian Bingham
Department of History
University of Sheffield
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA


A poster to promote the Essay Prize is available as a PDF to download here.



The winner of the 2015 Duncan Tanner Essay Prize was:

Pilot Zones for Freedom: Enterprise Zones and Urban Non-Planning in Post-War Britain
by Sam Wetherell (University of California)

Sam's article is freely available at the link above.

Previous winning articles (freely available online)


Dr Helen McCarthy
Professor Guy Ortolano
Dr Adrian Bingham

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Dr Robert Saunders

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