Prizes & Awards

Graduate Student Essay Prize

The Graduate Student Essay Prize is awarded annually for the best essay of journal article length written by a graduate student on a Gilded Age and/or Progressive Era topic.  The winner of the prize will receive $250, and their essay will be considered for publication in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.  They will also be honored at the annual SHGAPE luncheon at the OAH. The inaugural prize was awarded in 2018.

2020 Call for Entries:

The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2020. Essays should not be previously published nor under consideration for publication. Applicants must be SHGAPE members at the time of submission. Essays will be evaluated based on their scholarly contributions to the field, originality, research, and prose. Submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words and must use standard Chicago Manual of Style formatting.

Entries should be submitted electronically in .pdf form to the Prize Committee Chair, Adriane Lentz-Smith (Duke University) at with SHGAPE Graduate Essay Prize in the subject line.


2019- Julia Haager-Devin, “Sex Education’s Many Sides: How Reformers Moved it into Public Schools, 1900-1920,”

2018 – Morgan Shahan, “Making Good: On Parole in Early Twentieth Century Illinois”

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