2017 Mortimer History Society Essay Prize

The Trustees of the Mortimer History Society wish to announce the second round in 2017 of the annual / biennial prize of £750 called The Mortimer History Society Essay Prize.

This will be awarded for the best essay submitted; a runners-up prize of £300 will also be awarded, and a third placed prize of £200. The winning essay, runner-up, third-placed and some of the commended ones (if any) will be published in the Journal of the Mortimer History Society (ISSN 2397-9267). The winner, the runner-up, third-placed and any other commended entrants will be awarded three years’ free membership of the Society. The Society may also invite the winners and any commended entrants to present their papers at its conferences and other events.


The aim of the competition is to promote and stimulate scholarly research into and popular interest in:

  • the history of the medieval Mortimer family of Wigmore (and it’s cadet branches, eg Chirk, Chelmarsh),
  • and, the Welsh Marches in the Middle Ages from 1066 to 1500.

It will also enable more people, particularly those who are perhaps aiming to write on the Welsh Marches for the first time, to submit material for The Journal of the Mortimer History Society.


Submissions are invited for the second round in 2017. The closing date for entries is 1st December 2017.

Please contact the Essay Prize Administrators Dr Paul Dryburgh, Principal Records Specialist at the National Archives (Paul.Dryburgh@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk) or Philip Hume, Secretary of the Mortimer History Society (secretary@mortimerhistorysociety.org.uk) for more information. Essays will be submitted to chair@mortimerhistorysociety.org.uk . The rules are shown on the accompanying document and are also available on the Mortimer History Society website – www.mortimerhistorysociety.org.uk and click on the Essay Prize tab.

Published on: 
22 Mar 2017