At the biennial conference of ISSEME, the following publication prizes are awarded:

  • Best Article (paper or electronic), of at least 4000 words, in a journal or edited volume, on any subfield or subject pertaining to early medieval England. ($ 100)
  • Best Article by an Early-Career Researcher: same criteria, but published by a Doctoral student or an early career researcher who has received their terminal advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) within five years (specify the date in your submission). ($ 100)
  • Best Book – single or co-authored by any scholar(s) in any subfield(s) of the discipline. ($ 100)
  • Best First Monograph on any subject in any subfield of the discipline. ($ 100)
  • Best Research Aid, Edition or Translation (in any medium) – nominations may include editions or translations of one or more Old English or Anglo-Latin texts into any language as well as catalogues, bibliographies, encyclopedias, databases or dictionaries. ($ 100)
  • Best Teaching Aid or Public Outreach (in any medium) – nominations may include textbooks, handbooks or online resources for teaching as well as projects presenting our fields of study to a general audience. ($ 100)

An overview of past award winners is available here: Overview of award winners


  • The deadline for submissions for the 2023 prizes is January 25. Late submissions cannot be accepted.
  • The submissions for the 2023 competition must have been published in calendar year 2021 or 2022 (i.e. January 2021-December 2022).
  • Nominated authors need to be members in good standing of ISSEME at that date for their submissions to be considered.
  • It is possible to self-nominate.
  • Monographs submitted in the ‘Best 1st Monograph’ category are automatically considered for the ‘Best Book’ category as well; similarly, articles submitted in the ‘Best Article by an ECR’ category are automatically considered in the ‘Best Article’ category as well.
  • Members may submit publications in any language for consideration.
  • The publications may belong to any of the disciplines relevant to the study of early medieval England (history, archaeology, historiography, diplomatics, literary studies, linguistics, philology, numismatics, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, musicology, etc.).
  • Nominations, accompanied by a copy of the publication and a statement of the category of submission, must be submitted on or before the deadline to Janice Hawes. Digital submissions to are generally preferred; if you wish to submit your book by post, get in touch via email beforehand.