Student Blog Competition

Power of WordsAre you interested in writing or blogging? Want to communicate your work to a wider audience? Would you like to get experience for your CV and show that you can write for the public?

Sheffield undergraduates and MA students are invited to submit historical blog posts to the History Matters competition!

The prizes will include £50 each for the top undergraduate and postgraduate blogs, and the awards will be judged by a panel of students and staff. A selection of the best blogs will be published on History Matters. 

Blogs can be based on any aspect of a student’s research (perhaps for a dissertation or course assignment, Witness interviews, HST3000, or a SURE project) and we encourage you to think broadly and engage with why your ‘history matters’. Are there contemporary parallels or implications? Does it tie in to modern concerns or news stories? Any interesting angle (including pure research, and historiographical importance, it doesn’t have to have a recent link) is welcome, but do try to think about your work in creative ways and ask yourself how best you can make the work interesting to a broad audience.

Blogs must be no more than 800 words, and sent by email to Caroline Pennock ( no later than midnight on Wednesday of Week 10 (7 May 2014). Interdisciplinary work is welcome, and any student from within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities is eligible to enter, provided that the blog is based on historical research (broadly interpreted).

Recently shortlisted for History Today’s Digital History Prize, History Matters blog is widely read by both academics, public history and heritage professionals and the wider public. All promising writers will be supported to develop their work for publication on the blog and this is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain exposure and experience for their research and writing.

Any questions? Just ask blog editor Caroline Pennock.

You are strongly recommended to read the brief guidelines for History Matters bloggers which are available here.

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