Announcing The 2017 TMJ/ SAIMS Prize

The Mediaeval Journal, in partnership with the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, are pleased to announce the call for their 2017 essay competition. The prize is open to graduate students and postdocs within 3 years of their viva. The value of the prize is £500 and the winning entry will be considered for publication in TMJ. This year’s deadline is 24 March 2017. Entries should be submitted in a word-compatible format to Any queries should be directed to the editors, Margaret Connolly, Justine Firnhaber-Baker and Ian Johnson, at

Full details and rules can be found here.

The Winners of the 2016 TMJ/ SAIMS Prize

Emily Savage (top) and Sophie Harwood (bottom)

Emily Savage (top) and Sophie Harwood (bottom)

The winner of the 2016 TMJ/ SAIMS was Emily Savage for the essay “The Manuscript as a Work-In-Progress: Creativity and Re-Creation in the Carew-Poyntz Hours”.

The proxime was Sophie Harwood for the essay “Swans and Amazons: The Case of Penthesilea and Women’s Heraldry in Medieval Culture”.

Emily is a PhD student in Art History at the University of St Andrews, working on a “Rebuking the ‘Rules of the Centre’: Marginality, Viewership, and the Experience of Images in Late Medieval England”. She has previously studied at NYU and York.

Sophie is a PhD student based at the Institute for Medieval Studies at Leeds, working on women and warfare in the Romans d’Antiquité. She teaches Old and Middle French at the universities of Leeds and York. She has previously studied at KCL, the Sorbonne, and UCL.


TMJ Past Prize Winners


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Joint Winner: Joseph R. Johnson (New York University) for ‘Domestication and its Discontents’

Joint Winner: Jamie Page (University of Durham) for ‘Sex and Secrecy: the Earliest Prosecution of Abortion in the German-speaking Lands’


Winner: Stefan Visnjevac (independent scholar) for ‘”Equip Yourself to Inflict Vengeance … Thus it will be Recognised that You are the founder of Peace”: Laudation and Attempted Persuasion through a Sermon for the Emperor Sigismund, 1433’

Proxime: Tamara Haddad (University of Kent) for ‘Locating the Drama: Micklegate Bar and the Skinners’ Entry into Jerusalem’