16th Annual Mavis Batey Essay Prize

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Our annual essay competition is intended to encourage vibrant, scholarly writing and new research, especially by those who have not yet had their work published. It is open to any student, worldwide, registered in a bona-fde university or institute of higher education, or who has recently graduated from such an institution.

Submissions must be 5,000 to 6,000 words and the only restriction on subject matter is that it must be of relevance to some aspect of garden history which could include explorations of little known gardens, or an aspect of botany, ecology, horticulture, archaeology, social history, architecture, design or sculpture.

The prize includes an award of £250, free membership of The Gardens Trust for a year and consideration for publication in our peer-reviewed, scholarly journal Garden History. All previous winners have been accepted for publication, and often the best of the nonwinning entries are invited to submit to the journal as well.

Submissions or any further enquiries should be sent to essayprize@thegardenstrust.org by 6pm 3rd May 2020.

For further details and entry forms, click here

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