The Sophie Coe Prize

The world's best prize for writing on food history

Sophie Coe Prize 2014 – one month to go

There’s one more month to go before the 2014 Sophie Coe Prize submissions must all be in: the deadline for receipt of entries is 9th May 2014. Whether your submission is almost ready or you’re only just getting started, now would be a good time to make sure you have read the How to Enter page in detail. Do make sure you are aware of and following all of the guidelines closely – our judges take note of all the details.

Good writing – and we look forward to receiving your entries as soon as you are ready.

Sophie Coe Prize in food history 2014

The submission deadline for entries for this year’s Sophie Coe Prize in food history is Friday 9th May 2014. This year there will be a single prize of £1,500. Follow us (button at the bottom of the page) to receive updates and reminders about submitting your entry as the deadline approaches!

As usual, the winner will be chosen by an anonymous panel of distinguished judges and awarded to an an original, informative essay or article that embodies new research or provides new insights into some aspect of food history. Published and unpublished work of up to 10,000 words may be submitted.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.

For full details please read our How to Enter page carefully. Entries must comply with all of the guidelines in order to be considered. You can also take some inspiration from our previous winners. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply for this prestigious and generous prize.

Sophie Coe Prize 2013 – winners announced

On Saturday 6 July the winners of the 2013 Sophie Coe Prize were announced at the plenary session of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery.

Our congratulations go to Barak Kushner, this year’s winner, for Slurping Towards Modernity: The Birth of an Iconic Japanese National Dish. This fascinating, well-researched history of the complex factors in the rise of ramen during Japan’s quest for modernisation was full of enthusiasm and interest. Drawn from otherwise unavailable sources, this was the obvious choice for our judges, and deservedly takes the £1,500 prize.

The judges also enjoyed Paul Brewin’s The Dutch Way; Dutch Recipes in English Cookery Books of the 17th and 18th Centuries, which used a wide range of sources to ask a question not usually addressed in studies of European cuisine – what about the Dutch? The judges Highly Commended this impressive piece.

David BerissRed Beans and Rebuilding: an Iconic Dish, Memory and Culture In New Orleans also stood out as a rich and wide-ranging ethnography drawn from an imaginative variety of sources, and was Commended.

We thank everyone who entered this year, and celebrate our winners. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating them, and encourage an even wider range of entries next year. Follow this blog to stay up to date!

Sophie Coe Prize 2013 – closing date today

Today is the closing date for this year’s Sophie Coe Prize entries. Everything must be submitted as per the guidelines on the How to Enter page by midnight GMT today, 1 May 2013.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. Everything is now in the hands of the judges, who will deliberate and debate the merits of all the entries over the next two months. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery on Saturday 6 July 2013. And, of course, the good news will be posted here too.

If you missed out this year make sure you bookmark our page, or (even easier) ‘follow’ us so that you get the earliest possible warning of the conditions and deadline for the Prize in 2014.

Sophie Coe prize entries 2013 – one week to go

The 2013 Sophie Coe Prize closes in one week’s time. All entries, submitted in the forms stated in the Guidelines on our  How to Enter page, must reach us by midnight GMT on 1 May 2013.

There is still time to finish your work and get it to us – don’t miss out on the chance to win this year’s Prize.

Good luck!

Sophie Coe Prize entries 2013 – two weeks to go

There are just two weeks left before the closing date for entries to the 2013 Sophie Coe Prize. There is still time to get organised!

Check the Guidelines on the How to Enter page, and make sure you are clear on what you need to do. Remember – we need to receive all entries in the form stated in the Guidelines on or before 1 May 2013 in order for your work to go forward to be judged.

We are hoping for a really strong field this year – so do get your entry in to us in time.

Sophie Coe Prize entries 2013 – one month to go

There’s one more month to go before the 2013 Sophie Coe Prize submissions must all be in: the deadline for receipt of entries is 1 May 2013. Whether you are nearly done or only just starting, now would be a good time to make sure you have read the How to Enter page in detail, and are following all of the guidelines closely – that’s the kind of thing our judges take note of.

Good writing – and we look forward to receiving your entries as soon as you are ready.

Follow Sophie Coe Prize to receive submission reminders

If you are thinking of entering a piece of work for the Sophie Coe Prize this year, you will have noted that the deadline for receipt of entries is 1 May 2013. We’ll be posting reminders two months, one month, two weeks, and a week before this date, to help you get your entries finished and submitted in good time. If you would like to receive them, simply follow us and you will be automatically notified about deadlines for 2013.

Sophie Coe Prize in Food History 2013

The Sophie Coe Prize is the longest-running and most generous prize for writing in food history in the English language, given for an outstanding essay or article on the history of food of up to 10,000 words. 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.

In 2013 there will be a single prize of £1,500. The winner will be chosen 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. 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 1st May 2013.

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