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The Sophie Coe Prize in Food History 2019

Yet another great opportunity for the essayists among us! For further information, please visit the prize web site. Although the flyer (cited below) notes that Sophie Coe was an eminent food historian below, it is worth noting that she had a PhD in anthropology. So it is always glorious to have anthropologists win this particular prize.

From the flyer for the award:

The Sophie Coe Prize is the longest-running prize for writing in food history in the English language, awarding £1,500 to the winning essay, article or book chapter every year. First given in 1995, the prize was founded in memory of Sophie Coe, the eminent food historian who died in 1994. It focuses on great writing about new research and/or new insights into the study of the history of food.

In 2019, our 24th year, the winner will be chosen–as usual–by our anonymous panel of distinguished judges and awarded to the author of an original, informative article or essay on any aspect of food history. Published and unpublished work may be submitted. If the former, it must have been published within the last 12 months of the submission deadline. If the latter, it must be in immediately publishable form.

The submission deadline this year is 26th April 2019. The winner will be announced and the prize presented at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery in early July. For full details, including conditions of entry, previous winners, and to sign up for reminders and updates on the Prize, please consult our website at sophiecoeprize.wordpress.com.

All queries not answered by the information on our website should be addressed to the Chair of the Trustees of the Sophie Coe Memorial Fund:
Contact name: Dr. Jane Levi
Email: sophiecoeprize@gmail.com
Website: sophiecoeprize.wordpress.com

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The Sophie Coe Prize

Alert SAFN member Richard Wilk has called our attention to the looming May 1 deadline for submissions for the Sophie Coe Prize.

What is the Sophie Coe Prize? From the web site:

“The Sophie Coe Prize is the longest-running and most generous prize for writing in food history in the English language, given once a year for an essay or article of up to 10,000 words on any aspect of the history of food. First awarded in 1995, the fund that administers the prize was founded in memory of Sophie Coe, the eminent food historian who died in 1994.

The winner is chosen every year by an anonymous panel of distinguished judges and awarded to the author of an original, informative article or essay on some aspect of food history that embodies new research or provides new insights.”

Although the prize is technically for food history writing, anthropologists have been successful in the competition as well. The list of past winners can be found here, along with links to some of the winning articles (which make for pretty good reading).

Details on how to apply are here.

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