WHN Book Prize

WHN Book Prize 2019

An annual £500 prize for a first book in women’s or gender history.

The Women’s History Network (UK) Book Prize is awarded for an author’s first single-authored monograph.

Entries close on 31 March 2019 (for books published during 2018).

Criteria for eligibility are as follows: 

  • The book must make a significant contribution to women’s history or gender history.
  • The book must be written in English and have and accessible style.
  • The book must have been published in the UK between January 1st and 31st December 2018.
  • The candidate should be a member of the Women’s History Network (UK).
  • The candidate should have been resident in the UK, or affiliated to a UK Institution, for the previous three years.
  • The winner should be able to attend the WHN Annual Conference to receive their award. (The WHN will cover the cost of UK rail travel to the Conference venue at the LSE.)
  • Current members of the WHN Steering Committee are not eligible to enter the competition.

For further information please contact: bookprize@womenshistorynetwork.org


Winner Book Prize 2013

adThe winner of this year’s competition is Angela Davis’s Modern Motherhood: Women and Family in England, 1945-2000 (Manchester University Press, 2012).  Congratulations to Angela for a book that the judges commend as ‘a fascinating survey of women’s experience of motherhood’, ’eminently readable’, ‘a solid and thoughtful study’, ‘an outstanding piece of oral history’, and ‘ambitiously wide ranging’.

The panel wishes to thank all the authors and publishers who took part in the competition for the opportunity to read work of such high quality.

Winner of Book Prize 2012

kkThe winning entry of the 2012 competition was Katie Barclay’sLove, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 (Manchester University Press, 2011).  Congratulations to Katie for a book that the judges commend as ‘an important and original study’, ‘intellectually ambitious’, ‘impressive in its confidence and maturity’, ‘sophisticated in its conceptual approach’ and ‘written with clarity and conviction’. “

Winner of Book Prize 2011


The WHN Book Prize was awarded at the Annual Conference at The Women’s Library in London in September 2011. Many congratulations to Victoria Harris for Selling Sex in the Reich: Prostitutes in German Society, 1914-1945 (OUP, 2010)

laire JonesBook Prize Winner 2010

The 2010 WHN Book Prize was awarded to Claire G. Jonesfor Femininity, Mathematics and Science, c 1880-1914, which was published by Palgrave in November 2009. Claire was presented wiith her prize by Professor Ann Heilmann on September 10 2010 at the WHN Annual Conference at the University of Warwick.

Previous winners:

Winner 2009

The annual WHN book prize was awarded at the annual conference held at St Hilda’s College Oxford in September 2009. The winner was Sarah Pearsall of Oxford Brookes University for her engaging history of transatlantic families and women’s lives:

Sarah M.S. Pearsall, Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the later eighteenth century, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Winner 2008

This year, 10 books were submitted for the £500 Women’s History Network (UK) Book Prize and the field was particularly strong. The winner, announced at the annual WHN conference in Glasgow, is Lucy Delap for her book The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the Early Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2007). The judges were particularly impressed with the high level of scholarship of this book which nonetheless, remains accessible to the non-specialist. The book focuses on one branch of feminism in the early twentieth century, epitomised in the journal The Freewoman, edited by Dora Marsden. In particular, Delap explores the political ideas of the avant garde within the wider preoccupations of the period, were emphasising transatlantic influences and exchanges. Overall, it was felt that The Feminist Avant-Garde disrupts traditional narratives about early twentieth-century feminism, raising many intriguing questions for future debate and analysis.

BookPrize winner

Lucy Delap receiving her prize from Gerry Holloway at the 2008 Annual Conference in Glasgow

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