Raymond Williams Society Essay Prize

The Raymond Williams Society is delighted to announce the launch of the 2019 Simon Dentith Memorial Prize. This postgraduate essay competition, now in its eighth year, is open to anyone studying for a higher degree (masters or doctoral) in the UK or elsewhere, or who graduated no earlier than 31 July 2017. The prize for the winning entry is £100 and a year’s subscription to the Society. The winning essay will also be published in Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism (subject to peer review).

The competition aims to encourage a new generation of scholars working in the tradition of cultural materialism, especially those whose research is rooted in the work of Raymond Williams.


Entries should be 5-7,000 words in length, including endnotes, which should normally be kept to a minimum. Entries must follow the Key Words Style Notes for contributors. The Style Notes, and information about previous winning entries, can be found here. The competition is named in honour of Simon Dentith (1952-2014), a former editor of Key Words and a competition judge.

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Previous winners include Matti Ron (2018), Ryan Furlong (2017), Laura McCormick (2016), and Owen Holland (2015).

Entries for 2019 should be sent by email to Dr Emily Cuming at E.M.Cuming@ljmu.ac.uk

They should be accompanied by a brief coversheet with the following details:

Postal address
Email address
Institutional affiliation
Current or most recent programme of study
Date of graduation (if applicable)
Title of essay
Word count

Please ask your supervisor to send Dr Cuming an email confirming your status.

We also request that you confirm the article is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The closing date for entries is Friday 29th November 2019