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An Essay Competition sponsored by the Lutheran Historical Society and the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg
The Abdel Ross Wentz Prize is a $1,000 cash award to be presented annually to the author of the most outstanding essay or research paper dealing with American Lutheran history. All students enrolled in a master's degree program at a theological seminary, divinity school, or department of religious studies in North America are eligible to compete. If the quality and number of submissions warrant, there may be a second or third prize awarded.
To qualify for this competition, papers either may combine original research with interpretive analysis of any aspect of American Lutheran history, or provide an interpretive critique of published research or narrative history in the field. Congregational or other institutional studies will meet the requirement if they illumine broader trends within American Lutheranism. Essays will be judged strictly on scholarly merit.
The Essay and Its Deadline
Deadline for submitting the manuscript is June 1. The essay
should be of normal article length, i.e., about 15 to 25 pages, double spaced, typed.
There shall be two copies submitted with end notes rather than footnotes and with
identification of the author only on an accompanying sheet. Send the manuscript to:
Judging the Essays
Lutheran Historical Society maintains a panel of judges, all of whom are recognized scholars in the field of American Lutheran history. The winner will be announced in September and receive the cash award along with a certificate of achievement. The Society may withhold the prize in any year in which the judges deem no submitted essay worthy of the award.
Previous Year's Winners
The winning essays in previous years have been:
Calendar for Submission
Deadline annually for submission of an essay: June 1
or by Email