The Ian MacDougall Essay Prize

Guidelines and Application Form

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The Scottish Labour History Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the Ian MacDougall Essay Prize with a threefold purpose:

*   to honour the memory of Dr. Ian MacDougall (1933-2020), founding secretary of
     the Scottish Labour History Society and the Scottish Working People’s History
*   to encourage the finest standards of scholarship amongst undergraduate students in
     the field of labour history in Scotland
*   to promote the study and recording of labour and popular history in Scotland.

The essay prize will be awarded annually, the winner to receive:

*   a cash prize of £400
*   publication of the winning essay in Scottish Labour History
*   one year’s free subscription to the Scottish Labour History Society, including
     subscription to Scottish Labour History.

A runner-up prize of £100 will be awarded where deemed appropriate.   This, and other entries of sufficient quality, may be invited to publish in Scottish Labour History and, if so, will receive one year’s free subscription.

The essay prize will be awarded at the annual Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture, held at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, in April of each year.

Entry requirements and rules for the Ian MacDougall Essay Prize are as follows:

*   the essay prize is open to anyone currently registered for a first degree in Britain or  
     abroad, or to anyone who has completed such a degree no earlier than February
*   submissions are to be 4,500-5,000 words in length, including footnotes and
*   submissions should be sent as a Word document by email attachment to the
     Scottish Labour History Society at:
*   the author’s name and other identifying details (e.g.: acknowledgements to tutor,
     etc.) must not appear on the essay
*   all entries must be accompanied by an official Ian MacDougall Essay Prize entry
     form, downloaded from the Scottish Labour History Society website.
*   the closing date for entries will be 16 March 2024
*   submissions can be on any labour history topic broadly defined, with particular
     reference to Scotland
*   submissions should conform to Scottish Labour History style guidelines, as
     set out therein and on the Scottish Labour History Society website
*   submissions must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere
*   where material submitted is not of a suitable standard, no prize will be awarded
*   the decision of the judges will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.