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The Professional Historians Association NSW & ACT are calling for entries for their 2016 Public History Prize! The Public History Prize was established in 2008 by the PHA NSW & ACT to encourage students enrolled in undergraduate history courses to research, write and present accessible and engaging histories, and to consider a career as a professional historian operating in the public history field. The winner will receive a certificate and a prize of $500, presented at the PHA NSW & ACT’s Public History Prize awards night in March 2017.

Submission guidelines

  • The Public History Prize is open to students (undergraduate, graduate diploma, masters) in NSW and the ACT whose work engages with the field and practice of professional and public history (both Australian and international);
  • The nominated work must demonstrate competence in the use of primary source material, or be of demonstrated originality;
  • Eligible entries must represent work substantially undertaken within the 12 months before the submission deadline.

Acceptable formats for the entry are:

  • an essay of 3,000-6,000 words;
  • documented evidence of an exhibition and an exegesis (1,000 words) explaining context, purpose etc;
  • documented evidence of a website and an exegesis (1,000 words) explaining context, purpose etc;
  • multi-media submission of any form and an exegesis (1,000 words) explaining context, purpose etc.

Submission deadline is Sunday 15 January 2017.

Find out more or visit the Public History Prize Facebook page.

Image courtesy State Library of NSW.