BAAS is pleased to announce the launch of a new undergraduate essay prize.

We are looking for essays that explore any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline. Essays may be adapted from coursework or ongoing research projects that students are engaged in, but they must conform to word length and the appropriate presentation style required by the judging panel for each award.

Postgraduate Essay Prize, British Association for American Studies

For the undergraduate essay prize, we request that no more than six essays per undergraduate department or programme should be submitted, each with a signed note by the Head of Department or tutor certifying the applicant’s registered status.

The prize for the winning author will be £500.
The essay must not exceed 2,500 words in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography).
Authors should use an appropriate bibliographic referencing system.

Essays and supporting letters certifying the applicant’s status should be sent by e-mail to: by 20 January 2017

You can view the Submission Guidelines here.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging applications.

For enquiries about the awards, contact