The International John Bunyan Society: CALL FOR ESSAYS

Submissions for the Society’s Early Career Essay Prize 2020 are now invited.

Deadline: 1 March 2020.

This is the inaugural year of the International John Bunyan Society (IJBS) Early Career Essay Prize. The award seeks to support the cutting-edge research of junior scholars in the field of early modern religion and dissent. Criteria:

  • The competition is open to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers up to two years after their viva.
  • To be eligible, applicants MUST be members of the IJBS. Membership enquiries/ subscriptions can be made via the Society’s UK Treasurer:
  • Applicants can submit an essay of up to 7,000 words (e.g. part of a chapter or a draft of an article or a written version of a conference paper) by 1 March 2020 (as an email attachment). The word count includes footnotes, but excludes title, bibliography and any appendixes (which, however, should not be longer than the text of the essay).
  • The name of the author, their affiliation and their role (e.g. final-year PhD student) as well as the word count should be indicated on the title page.
  • A brief biography outlining the applicant’s current research project (150 words) is to be included.

This year, the IJBS is particularly looking for contributions discussing the soundscapes of Dissenting religio-political cultures and contexts during the Long Reformation (global perspectives are particularly welcome). All submissions will be judged by members of the Society’s Executive Committee who may ask other experts to join them. Candidates will be informed of the outcome by email within a month of the submission date. The winner will be officially announced at the Regional IJBS Conference at Northumbria University on 16 April 2020 and will receive a certificate, a financial award of £150, one year’s free membership to IJBS and a year’s subscription to the Society’s peer-reviewed journal: Bunyan Studies. Please send all submissions by 1 March 2020 to the Society’s General Secretary, Dr Robert W. Daniel, via This prize is supported by our funding partners:

Colin Harris

PhD student at LERMA, Aix-en-Provence. Ministerial Puritan Diaries of the 17th Century. MA ACMA (Recherche) Aix Marseille Université. BA Cantab.

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