Essay Prize: Final Rules

The deadline of May 31st approaches and I shall be pleased to receive essays any day in May.

I expect all essays to have followed the regulations of one of the exam providers in England and Wales (AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC)

Please submit your essay to me via

in Times New Roman, font size 12, 

with double line spacing

place ‘single quotation marks’ around quotations from sources

with the source clearly identified by author, title, edition year, publisher and page number.

References may be listed using any standard convention such as Harvard, Oxford etc.

You will need to obtain and send to me a statement from one of your teachers to certify that they believe your essay is your own work and has been produced in accordance with the regulations of whichever exam board you would have been entered for. I shall need contact details for your teacher in case I wish to discuss your essay and/or give them good news.

I hope that no one attempts to pass off a plagiarised essay as their own. Between the judges we have over half a century’s experience of marking work from sixth formers and undergraduates and are familiar with all the primary sources for this topic and many, if not most, of the secondary sources written in the past 500 years. If we do detect significant plagiarism, we shall reject that entry.

Good luck with your final revisions and please remember to spellcheck your essay before submitting.

The original notice of the prize follows:

The Richard III Society Prize Essay for Sixth Formers 2021. 

The Richard III Society is offering a prize of £200 for the best essay on a topic relevant to 

The Life and Times of Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Richard III) 1452-85

There will be second prize of £100 and a third prize of £50. All entries judged to be of at least grade A quality will qualify for one year’s free membership of the Richard III Society.

Given the uncertainties about UK Summer 2021 assessments we are open to receiving entries in the format of NEAs, EPQs or closely similar, well-researched and referenced essays of between 3,000 and 5,000 words by a student under the age of 19.

The broad topic may be interpreted to include discussion of questions about the political influence of other contemporaneous individuals; social conditions in England in the second half of the 15th century; international relationships with European powers under either Yorkist king; marriage policies of monarchs and the nobility and so on.

Essays may be submitted on any date up to and including 31st May, whatever the government’s decision about alternative assessments.

Please email as beow to notify an entry and to receive details of how to send an entry.

The judges will be a panel of published authors on 15th century history.

Entrants must be under the age of 19 by 1st September 2021 and attending a school or college in the United Kingdom.

Prize winners will be notified by September 30th, 2021.

Iain Farrell

Education Officer

Richard III Society

a painting of Richard III at Bosworth fighting on foot with no helmet