Announcing the new SHGAPE Graduate Essay Prize

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Dear Graduates, 

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era is pleased to announce its inaugural Graduate Student Essay Prize. This essay prize is open to graduate students of history whose research concerns any topic during the Gilded Age and/or Progressive Era. 


Essays will be evaluated based on their scholarly contributions to the field, originality, research, and prose.  Winners will receive $250 and a chance at publication in SHGAPE's peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.


Submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words and must use standard Chicago Manual of Style formatting. Essays should not be previously published nor under consideration for publication.  Applicants must be SHGAPE members at the time of submission.  Those who cannot afford the $20.00 student membership fee should contact Executive Secretary Amy Wood ( about financial aid for graduate student memberships, made possible by an anonymous donor.


The deadline for submission is December 20, 2017.

Entries should be submitted electronically in .pdf form to members of the prize committee with SHGAPE Graduate Essay Prize in the subject line.

Committee chair: 

Charles Postel, San Francisco State University,

Committee members:

Solsiree Del Moral, Amherst College,

Mary Hoffschwelle, Middle Tennessee State University,

The winner will be announced at the SHGAPE luncheon at next year's OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California. Attendance at the OAH is not a requirement for essay submissions.