Szarmach Article Prize

2021 Competition

Portrait of Paul E. Szarmach.

Paul E. Szarmach

The Richard Rawlinson Center at Western Michigan University announces the fourth Paul E. Szarmach Prize, to be awarded in May 2021. It consists of an award of $500 to the author of a first article on a topic in the culture and history of early medieval England published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that is judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality.

The Prize, instituted by the International Advisory Board of the center in 2017, honors Szarmach for his role in the early development of the center, both as director of WMU’s Medieval Institute and on the center’s board.


Authors from any country and articles written in any language are eligible. To be eligible for the 2021 prize, the article must have appeared in a journal bearing a publication date of 2019.


Nominations and self-nominations are invited from authors, editors, and readers.


The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1, 2020. A nomination comprises:

  • Letter of nomination or self-nomination
  • Curriculum vitae of the author
  • PDF of the nominated article

Online nomination

Or by post to:

Secretary, Szarmach Prize Committee
The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5432 USA

Past winners of the Paul E. Szarmach Prize


James Chetwood: Re-evaluating English Personal Naming on the Eve of the Conquest, "Early Medieval Europe" 26, no. 4 (2018): 518-47


Erin Shaull: Ecgþeow, Brother of Ongenþeow, and the Problem of Beowulf's Swedishness, "Neophilologus" 101 (2017): 263–75


Erica Weaver: Hybrid Forms: Translating Boethius in Anglo-Saxon England, "Anglo-Saxon England" 45 (2016): 213–38.