$5,000 maritime history prizes – enter now!

The museum's 2017 history prizes are now open. Image: ANMM Collection 00020725.

The museum’s 2017 history prizes are now open. Image: ANMM Collection 00020725.

Writers, publishers and readers of maritime history are invited to nominate works for maritime history prizes totalling $5,000, sponsored jointly by the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Nominations for the next round close on 28 April 2017.

The 2017 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Prize of $4,000

To be awarded for a book treating any aspect of maritime history relating to or affecting Australia, written or co-authored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016. The book should be published in Australia, although titles written by Australian authors but published overseas may be considered at the discretion of the judges. The prize is open to Australian authors or co-authors of a book-length monograph or compilation of their own works. Edited collections of essays by multiple contributors are not eligible.

Winner of the 2015 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize, In All Respects Ready by David Stevens (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Winner of the 2015 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize, In All Respects Ready by David Stevens (Oxford University Press, 2015). Available online at the museum store

The Australian Community Maritime History Prize of $1,000

To be awarded to a regional or local museum or historical society for a publication (book, booklet, educational resource kit, DVD or other media) relating to an aspect of maritime history of that region or community, and published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016. The winner will also receive a year’s subscription to the Australian Association for Maritime History.

The 2013 winner of the Australian Community Maritime History Prize, Sea of Dreams by Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery.

The 2013 winner of the Australian Community Maritime History Prize, Sea of Dreams by Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery.

How to nominate

Nominations must include a synopsis of the work (minimum 300 words) plus photocopies or scans of the following:

  • dust-jacket or end covers, or DVD cover (including publication details)
  • title page
  • imprint page
  • contents pages (including an ISBN in the case of print publications)
  • one or two chapters (or a representative portion) of the publication, including examples of illustrative material
  • any published reviews

The publication itself may also be submitted (highly recommended for the Australian Community Maritime History prize). Nominations close on 28 April 2017.

Nominations should be emailed to publications@anmm.gov.au or posted to:

Janine Flew
Publications coordinator
Australian National Maritime Museum
Wharf 7, 58 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont NSW 2009

Judging process

Following an initial assessment of nominations, shortlisted authors or publishers will be invited to submit three copies of their publication. These will be judged by a committee of three prominent judges from the maritime history community, whose names are yet to be confirmed. The prize will be announced in early 2018 and awarded at a time and venue to be advised.

— Janine Flew, Publications Manager and Editor of Signals magazine. 

Find out more about our history prizes and awards on our website.

4 thoughts on “$5,000 maritime history prizes – enter now!

  1. Hi Janine
    I have a nomination in mind of a book which complies with he criteria. What happens if the same book is nominated by someone else. And does it have to be an individual or can it be a registered entity, e.g. Museum, school, business.

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  2. Hi Graham,
    It doesn’t matter if more than one person nominates the same book. For the book prize, the work has to be by an individual, but the community award is open to associations such as regional and local museums and historical societies, though not schools or other businesses. I hope this clarifies things.

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