Due to the changed format of our annual conference, we are re-running our Postgraduate Exchange prize in 2021.

The strength of last year’s entries showed this is an effective way of supporting postgraduate researchers and showcasing their work. Last year’s winner was ‘Making a Stand With Mary: Precarious Employment in Pandemic Times’ by Kate Brooks, which you can read here.

This year, we are inviting blog submissions that relate to our conference plenary on ‘Women and Work’. The content can be targeted to fit any of our three Exchange blogs but must show a clear link to the overarching theme. The winning entry will be showcased as part of the plenary event.

The blog posts will be judged by committee and the winner will be awarded a £200 cash prize (with a £100 prize for the runner up). All entrants will be considered for publication on our blog.

This prize is open to all postgraduate members of the Society.

If you would like to enter a blog, you will need to email the full text (approximately 1,000 words) to the Social History Society Administrator (socialhistorysoc@gmail.com) by midnight on Friday 4 June 2021.


Here are a few words of advice from the judges:

  • Our bloggers adopt a range of different approaches and we do not prescribe a single style
  • Your blog would be written for as wide a readership as possible (assume an educated, non-specialist audience, who are interested in what you have to say but have little background knowledge)
  • Use hyperlinks to other work rather than formal references
  • Take a look at some existing examples and our contributor guidelines for more information.