2021 Whithill Prize Competition

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January 15, 2022
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Literature

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts


Announces the 2021


Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History Competition


This prize of two thousand five hundred dollars, established in memory of Walter Muir Whitehill, for many years Editor of Publications for the Colonial Society and the moving force behind the organization, will be awarded for a distinguished essay on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. The Society hopes that the prize may be awarded annually.

A committee of eminent historians will review the essays. Their decision in all cases will be final.

By arrangement with the editors of The New England Quarterly, the Society will have the winning essay published in an appropriate issue of the journal.

Essays are now being accepted for consideration. All manuscripts submitted for the 2021 prize must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2022. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2022.

Entries submitted for consideration should be sent as a word attachment to neq@umb.edu. Hard copy may be sent to


Whitehill Prize Committee

c/o The New England Quarterly

Department of History

University of Massachusetts, Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd.

Boston, MA 02125


For additional information, including prize specifications and a list of past winners, see www.newenglandquarterly.org.

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Jonathan M. Chu, Editor, New England Quarterly

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