ASMI Postgraduate essay prize

The ASMI Postgraduate Essay Prize will be awarded to an outstanding piece of unpublished work by a postgraduate student, dealing with some aspect of modern Italian history, society, or politics in the period between c. 1780 and the present. The work may be an essay, article, or dissertation (entries originating as a chapter of a thesis must be rewritten as freestanding pieces of work). Length: between 5,000 and 8,500 words including footnotes/endnotes and references.

The cash value of the prize will be £300. The prize-winning work will be considered for publication in the Association's journal Modern Italy, subject to the journal's normal refereeing procedures. The prize will be presented to the winner during the Association's Annual Conference in November.


Applicants should be currently registered for a postgraduate degree or have completed a postgraduate degree not more than twelve months before the closing date for this competition. Non-graduate work is not eligible. ASMI welcomes applications from all over the world.

All applicants should be members of ASMI. To join ASMI, see our membership page.

Submissions should be written in either English or Italian, and must not currently be under consideration for publication. Work that exceeds the word limits stated above will not be accepted.

For any queries please contact us.

How to enter

The deadline for submissions is 31 July each year. Please send an electronic copy to [email protected]