Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland: essay prize

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SNSBI Essay Prize – rules from 2022

  1. A prize of £100 will be awarded annually for the best essay on any topic relating to the place-names and/or personal names of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Man or the Channel Islands.
  2. Submissions are invited from all students and other researchers. The prize will normally be awarded to those who have not hitherto had work in onomastics published.
  3. Essays should be about 5,000 words in length.
  4. Essays should in some way make an original contribution to the subject.
  5. Essays should be double- spaced, with pages numbered in a single sequence of arabic numerals, and should include a bibliography of source-material used and of books and authors cited.
  6. Submissions should include an abstract of up to 250 words.
  7. An anonymised electronic text of the essay and abstract should be submitted by October 31 each year to secretary at (replace at by @).
  8. Entries will be blind-refereed and the final decision made by a panel normally consisting of the President, the two Vice-Presidents and the Editor(s) of Nomina, who may consider it for publication.
  9. Provided an essay of sufficient merit is forthcoming, the winner will be announced at the next AGM, held in the spring of the following year.