Wakefield Press Essay Prize

Wakefield Press Essay Prize Award 2020 - Winner to be announced shortly

The History Council of South Australia and Wakefield Press welcome applicants for the 2020 annual Wakefield Press Prize for the best essay on a topic relating to the history of South Australia.

The prize is open to anyone who during the year 2019 has written or published an essay dealing substantially with some aspect of South Australian history. The word length should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words.


How to submit an essay

Previously published work is accepted, however, we ask that such entries be submitted as Word documents, and not as photocopies of published articles or chapters so that anonymity is maintained. The judges will assess entries according to the originality of their contributions to South Australian history and the quality of their writing and research.

The prize consists of a $500 book voucher from Wakefield Press. It will be presented at the annual History Council of South Australia awards in 2020. Essays from 2019 must be submitted by 31 January 2020. The essay should be accompanied by a cover page bearing the essay title, the word count, the author’s signature, contact address and phone number. These details should only appear on the cover page, not on the essay.

Completed nominations must reach the Secretary, PO Box 6809, 5-7 Halifax Street, Adelaide 5000, by 5 pm Friday, 31 January 2020.

Decisions of the judges appointed by the History Council will be final.


Last year's main prize winner was Professor Phillip Deery, the second prize winner was Anita Stelmach. Read more here.