The Magnus Magnusson Memorial Prize

The Scottish Society for Northern Studies offers an annual prize of £200 for the best essay submitted by a younger scholar (less than 30 years of age). We also welcome submissions from those who have come to study later in life of have resumed study after a lengthy break. The prize is named in memoriam to Magnus Magnusson KBE, scholar and journalist of the northern world.

Submissions for the prize are read by at least two established scholars in their respective fields who then make recommendations to the Society. The winning essay will be published in our peer-reviewed journal, Northern Studies, and the journal editors may also consider for possible publication other essays submitted for the Magnusson Prize.

We are seeking essays in the classic sense: a concise discussion of an interesting topic rather than a corpus of data for others to analyse. In accord with the interdisciplinary ethos of the Society, the choice of possible essay topics is wide. This scope may best be gauged by looking through previous volumes of Northern Studies; content ranges from archaeological and onomastic studies, via history and ethnology to linguistic and literary studies, which themselves range from the Viking era up to the present day. If in doubt about the appropriateness of a subject please feel free to contact the editors of the journal. The criteria assessed by the judges will include the originality of the topic, the author's use of source material, command of evidence and clarity of writing.

The body of the essay text should not exceed 3,500 words (notes and bibliography are additional to this). If a submission exceeds this length penalties will apply. Please provide a cover sheet detailing your name, affiliation and a short abstract (no more than 150 words). Please do not include your name in the essay document.

The Society reserves the right to award no prize if the standard of submissions falls below that required for publications in a peer-reviewed journal.

Entries should be submitted electronically before 31 July of each year to Dr. Sarah Thomas.

Congratulations to 2016 Magnusson Prize Winner
Anna Kuprian
(University of Aberdeen)

for her paper
‘Negotiating Contested Landscapes: the Lupin Controversy in Ireland’

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Christian Cooijmans • 2014
University of Edinburgh
‘The Controlled Decline of Viking-ruled Dorestad’

Guinevere Barlow • 2013

University of Edinburgh
‘A Northern Charm: Some Popular Uses of Sea-Beans’

Claire McLoughlin • 2012

University of St. Andrews
The Control of Trade in Scotland During the Reigns of James VI and Charles I

Tom Turpie • 2011

University of Edinburgh
The Many Lives of St. Duthac of Tain: Tracing the Origins of a Late Medieval Scottish Saint

Rebecca Hall • 2009
Nottingham University
Silver Hoards of Viking Age Scotland

Linda Andersson Burnett • 2008
University of Edinburgh
Abode of Satan: The Appeal of the Magical and Superstitious North in 18th-Century Britain

Siobhan Talbott • 2007
University of St. Andrews
Scottish Women and the Scandinavian Wars of the Seventeenth Century

Remco Knooihuizen • 2005
University of Edinburgh
The Norn-to-Scots Language Shift: Another Look at the Socio-historical Evidence

Alison Grant • 2003
Glasgow University
A Reconsideration of the Kirk-Names in South-West Scotland

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