The Haskins Society

Denis Bethell Prize

The Bethell Prize honors the memory of Denis Bethell, late of University College, Dublin, whose tragically early death deprived us of a good friend and a fine scholar. The purpose of the prize is to encourage the presentation of high quality papers at conferences sponsored by the Haskins Society and in Haskins sponsored sessions at other conferences, and the submission of such papers to the Haskins Society Journal.


The prize is US $400 (or the sterling equivalent) and publication of a revised version of the winning paper in the Haskins Society Journal for the year when the paper was presented. (Following standard academic practice, the journal editor may request that the author make further revisions prior to publication.)


A list of past winners may be found here.


Eligibility


All conference papers presented by junior scholars (graduate students or non-tenured faculty) who are Haskins Society members at any session sponsored by the Society during the 12 months of the membership calendar year are eligible.  Besides the Haskins Society Conference itself, Haskins-sponsored sessions at the American Historical Association conference, the annual conference of the Medieval Academy of America, the annual International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, and the annual International Medieval Conference at Leeds are also eligible venues.  


The author of the paper must present the paper in person at the relevant conference and must be a member of the Haskins Society.  (Prospective presenters may contact the Society's treasurer about membership; note that the Society has a special student rate.)


You can download a membership form here.  


Submission


Entrants to the prize should submit a fully revised and annotated version of the paper (between 7,000-9,000 words) to the Bethell Prize Coordinator/Editor of the Haskins Society Journal by December 31 of the year in which they presented. Articles should be prepared in conformity with the HSJ Style Sheet. The essay should be submitted in electronic format along with contact information (affiliation and both postal and email address); please notify the Prize Coordinator in case of any changes. The judging of the essays will occur in the new calendar year and submitters will be notified of the results in a timely manner. Essays submitted for consideration for the Bethell Prize are subject to right of first refusal by the Haskins Society Journal.


Judge


The judge for all papers submitted during a 12-month cycle will be a scholar appointed by the Haskins Society Council. The name and address of the appointed judge will be announced in Haskins venues, on our Website, in conference brochures, and in various other announcements.


Judging Criteria 


The Bethell Prize Judge will evaluate the submitted papers according to the quality of argument and presentation, their original contribution to medieval scholarship, and their readiness for publication. The Judge may offer suggestions for revision to authors and may pass such suggestions to the editor of the Haskins Society Journal.


Award


The winner of the Bethell Prize will be announced in Society news and communications as well as on the Society's website. If the winner is able to attend the next Fall's annual Haskins Society Conference, she/he will be congratulated then. The financial award and further details will be mailed to the winner.


Papers submitted for the Prize, but not selected, may be chosen for publication in the Journal subject to the Journal's regular double-blind peer review process.


Bethell Prize Coordinator


Laura Gathagan

Editor, Haskins Society Journal

Department of History

State  University of New York at Cortland

P.O. Box 2000

Cortland, NY 13045 USA




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