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To mark its sixtieth anniversary in 2017 Nottingham Medieval Studies is launching an annual student Essay Competition: journal invites entries submitted according to the following rules:

1. The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree within the last three years at any one of the six universities that form part of the AHRC-funded ‘Midlands3Cities’ Doctoral Training Partnership. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the successful viva. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the Editors of the journal at
2. A candidate may make only one submission to the competition in any one year.
3. The submission must be the candidate’s own work, based on original research, and must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
4. Submissions are welcome on any topic that falls within the scope of medieval studies.
5. The submission should be in the English language.
6. The word limit is 8,000 words, including notes, bibliography, and any appendices.
7. The text should be double-spaced, and be accompanied by footnotes with short referencing and a full bibliography of works cited, following the Brepols stylesheet (attached). An abstract of no more than 200 words should preface the main text.
8. The deadline for submissions is 1 November.
9. The essay must be submitted electronically to, in both Word and pdf formats, to arrive by the deadline.
10. The submission must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (attached) and signed declaration. The candidate’s name should not appear on the submission itself, nor be indicated in any form in the notes.
11. Decisions concerning the Competition lie with the Editors and Editorial Board of Nottingham Medieval Studies, who shall, if they consider there to have been appropriate submissions, select a winning essay. In the unlikely event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a suitable standard, no winner will be selected.
12. The winning submission will be published within twelve months in Nottingham Medieval Studies, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal. The winner will also receive a Brepols book voucher to the value of 80 euro.
13. Any queries concerning these rules may be directed to the Editors of NMS who can be contacted at: Department of History, University of Nottingham, Lenton Grove, University Park Campus, Nottingham NG7 2RD.