The Sophie Coe Prize in Food History 2023

See below for a call for applications for the Sophie Coe Prize. While technically a history prize, anthropologists have won over the years. Indeed, as noted below, Dr. Coe was an anthropologist. The Sophie Coe Prize website has lists of past winners, links to winning essays, and reports from the prize judges, all of which make for excellent reading.

Sophie Coe at Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, Italy, 1990 (detail). Photograph by Natalie Coe.

The Sophie Coe Prize is awarded each year to an engaging, original piece of writing that delivers new research and/or new insights into any aspect of food history relating to any period, place, people or culture. We welcome innovative, well written entries of up to 10,000 words in length in the English language only. The Prize is £1,500 for the winning essay, article or book chapter. Authors may submit one entry only each, and they must be delivered to us by this year’s closing date of Friday 28th April 2023.

Published and unpublished work may be submitted. If the former, it must have been published within 12 months of the submission deadline. If the latter, it must be in final, fully edited and corrected form.

The Prize was founded in 1995 in memory of Sophie D. Coe, the eminent anthropologist, author and food historian. The winner is selected by our anonymous panel of distinguished judges and announced in early July at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery.

Before submitting an entry please read in full the “How to Enter” page at our website ( Entries that do not comply fully with our conditions of entry will not be put forward to our judges. We also strongly advise entrants to read some of the former winning entries to gain an understanding of the kind of original research and quality of writing we are seeking.

For full details, and to sign up for reminders and updates on the Prize, please consult our website at Any queries not answered by the information on our website should be addressed to the Chair, Dr. Jane Levi, at email address

The Prize is administered by the Sophie Coe Memorial Fund,

a registered Charity in England and Wales (no. 1048753).

Trustees: Candida Brazil, Sarah Coe, Phil Iddison, Jane Levi.

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