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Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland: essay prize

Recent winners

  • 2015: Robert Briggs: “Place-names in Old English tūn and ‘the long eighth century’”

  • 2013, 2014: no prize

  • 2012 joint winners: Harriet Leslie (Glasgow) “A study of the child-naming practices of the Scottish quakers between 1700 and 1825”, and Eleanor Rye (Nottingham) “A quantitative comparison of Scandinavian linguistic influences on the minor names of North Stainley and Nunwith (West Yorkshire) and Hurworth, Neasham and Sadberge (County Durham)”

  • 2011: Dr Gerry Smyth (Liverpool) “Place-naming and space-knowing: an analysis of two Irish poems”

  • 2010: Rachael Hamilton (Glasgow) “Names and meaning: a study of transparency in personal names”

  • 2008: Sheila Young (Aberdeen) “Names of oil and gas fields in the central and northern sectors of the North Sea and part of the Atlantic margin”

  • 2005: Ellen Bramwell (Glasgow): “An investigation into the community names of North Uist, Western Isles”

  • 2004: Jacob King (Edinburgh): “A discussion of the derivation of ‘Lochy’ in Adomnan's ‘The Life of Saint Columba’”

  • 2002: Alison Grant (Glasgow): “A new approach to inversion compounds in north-west England”

  • 1995: Linda Corrigan (Manchester): “Old English and Scandinavian place-names of the Kendal barony in Westmoreland”

Rules

The rules here were slightly revised at the SNSBI committee meeting on 2016-10-15.

  1. A prize of £100 will be awarded annually for the best essay on any topic relating to the Socity's interests.

  2. Submissions are invited from students and other researchers. The prize will normally be awarded to those who have not hitherto had scholarly work 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. Two electronic text copies of the essay should be submitted by August 31 each year to secretary at snsbi.org.uk (replace at by @). One of these copies should be anonymised (i.e., with all information which may indicate the author’s identity removed) for refereeing purposes.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.