The Social History Society has temporarily changed its prizes due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and cancellation of our conference.

We have introduced a Postgraduate Exchange prize in place of our usual Postgraduate Poster and Paper prizes. We hope that it will continue our record of supporting postgraduate researchers and showcasing their work within our community of social and cultural historians.

We invite submissions that relate to any of our three Exchange blogs. The blog posts will be judged by committee and the winner will be awarded a £200 cash prize. All entrants will be considered for publication on our blog and promoted via social media. 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 ( by midday on Friday 12 June 2020.

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.