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James L. Clifford Prize

The James L. Clifford Prize recognizes an article that presents an outstanding study of some aspect of eighteenth-century culture, interesting to any eighteenth-century specialist, regardless of discipline. It carries an award of $500.


  • The article should be no longer than 15,000 words.
  • The article must have been published in a journal or any peer-reviewed publication with a print date between July 2022 and June 2023.
  • The article may be nominated by a member of the society, by its author, or by an editor of the publishing journal. Self-nominations are limited to one article per year.
  • Normally, submissions for the Clifford prize are in English. Works written in languages other than English are permitted, but it may not be possible for the prize committee to assess these works. Please contact the Business Office for further information.
  • The author must be a member of the ASECS at the time of submission. Membership information, including renewals, can be found here.
  • Submissions are due January 1, 2024.


Please complete the submission form below. If completing the form would prove an obstacle to your applying, please contact Executive Director Benita Blessing for an alternate means (