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The Malta Historical Society Publication Awards 2020



Publication Awards

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12 June, 2020

The Malta Historical Society Publication Awards

In keeping with the aims and objectives of the Malta Historical Society, namely the study of the history of Malta, the diffusion of its knowledge, and the safeguarding of Maltese historical heritage, the Society will be presenting an award to recognize those publications that have made a distinct contribution to Maltese historical studies. Furthermore, in order to encourage emerging scholars in the field of historical research, the Society will present an award to recognize first-time publications, which have made a contribution to the field.

The Society will award the following:

  • Best paper on Maltese history, which award will be known as the 'MHS Award for Published Historical Research 2020'
  • Best paper on Maltese history by a first-time / recently published author, which award will be known as the 'MHS Award for Published Historical Research by Emerging Authors 2020'.

Composition of the judging panel

There will be three judges per category, one of whom should be a member of the MHS Committee, who will act in the capacity of chairperson of the panel. Judges must be nominated and approved by the MHS Committee by the end of July 2020. A judge may sit on one or more panels. Editors and reviewers may sit on a panel on condition that they withdraw should a paper which they have edited or reviewed is nominated for an award under a category they have to judge.

Qualifications & Rules

  • (1) In the circumstances, and for maximum safety purposes, MHS will only be accepting soft copies of the submitted work. Work is to be submitted electronically by sending a pdf of the paper as published to by 15 July 2020. An individual may submit his.her own work. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the nominator/s.
  • (2) Papers must have appeared in peer-reviewed journals or journals published by reputable societies.
  • (3) publications on all areas of Maltese history are invited for nomination, including but not limited to political history, biographical works, economic history, social history, archaeology, military history, medical history, legal history, historical- anthropological studies, linguistics, history of art, history of architecture, historiography, and so on.
  • (4) Judges and committee members of the Society are not entitled to nominate any texts authored by themselves or by others. Nominations for publications by the panel judges will not be accepted.
  • (5) All nominated texts must have been published between January 2018 and December 2019, in Maltese, English, Italian or French. However, articles in other languages will be considered if accompanied by a certified translation, to be sent in with the nominated essay. Note: On request by nominees, a time extension may be granted for the provision of a certified translation.
  • (6) Nominated publications must be received by 15th July 2020. At least 3 publications in either category must be nominated for the respective competition to be held.
  • (7) The judges' decisions are final and will be communicated to the MHS Committee by 30th September 2020. The results will be announced by the MHS Committee by a circular to all stakeholders and members by 31st October 2020.
  • (8) The winning authors will receive:
    • an honorary citation certificate,
    • a review in Melita Historica,
    • a one-year complimentary MHS membership, and
    • a prize of €1000 for the recipient of the MHS Award for Published Historical Research 2020 or €500 for the recipient of the MHS Award for Published Historical Research by Emerging Authors 2020.

The presentation of awards will be held during an event to which all prize winners will be invited.

The Committee - The Malta Historical Society