Hidden Gem Prizes

Pugmill Press is pleased to announce the inaugural Pugmill Press Hidden Gem Prizes for local history writing. This will celebrate the very best in local history writing and research. There are two categories which may be entered: the Essay Prize and the Synopsis Prize.

  • The Essay Prize will be awarded to the best essay between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length. This can be written on any subject related to local history.
  • The Synopsis Prize will be awarded for the best 300-word synopsis in relation to a book proposal on a local history topic.

The prize for the essay writing competition is £75 and publication in a forthcoming compendium. The prize for the synopsis competition is £25 and a publication agreement with Pugmill Press.

How to Enter

Pugmill Press is seeking the very best in new local history writing. Whether you are an established author or an unpublished writer, if you have a compelling story to tell we want to hear from you. To enter, please send your entries by email to pugmillpress@gmail.com stating in the email title your name and either ‘Essay Prize Entry’ or ‘Synopsis Prize Entry’.

The closing date for entries to both competitions is 22nd March 2022. There is no entry fee for participating in the competition and we thank you for your hard work. Pugmill Press is committed to telling the stories of less well-known heritage in the United Kingdom and beyond. If you have a compelling tale to tell, we want to hear from you, and encourage entry to the Pugmill Press Hidden Gem Prize.

Terms and Conditions

Copyright for any material submitted remains firmly with the author.

The details of any publication will be agreed between Pugmill Press and the author. There is no obligation on the art of the author to accept a publication agreement by entering the competition.

For the purposes of the competition, the definition of local history is ‘the history of any area which forms a geographical part of a country’.  

There is no requirement to reference the essay. However, if references are being included, these should be consistent in style.

Likewise, there is no requirement to include illustrations; but if these are included, it is recommended that they be available in the event of publication.

We will endeavour to reply to unsuccessful entrants to the competitions. However, if the volume of entries is such that this is not possible, if you have not heard from us by 30th April 2022, please assume the entry has been unsuccessful.

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