The competition for essays on the history of Yorkshire is held annually. It is administered by the University of Huddersfield on behalf of The Yorkshire Society.

The Beresford Award for longer essays of up to 10,000 words is worth £300, and the judges may make a second award of £150. For shorter essays, with a limit of 5,000 words, there is one prize, the Bramley Award, of £150.

Entries should be original and based on research, and should not have been published already nor offered for publication. Any subject drawn from the history of places and people in traditional Yorkshire is usually acceptable. Successful essays have often been adapted subsequently for publication in learned journals.

Those wanting to discuss academic matters, the wording of their title or the eligibility of their subject may, if they wish, consult Professor Edward Royle, Chairman of the Judges. (Tel. 01904 423009; email:

The closing date is 1st November 2018 and essays should be sent to the following address by that date:

Claire White, Secretary for the Yorkshire History Prize, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, Email:

The prize ceremony will be held in Spring 2019 at Huddersfield University.

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