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Monday 23 April 2018

The Brian Williams Memorial Prize 2013

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This prize is dedicated to the late Professor Brian Williams, co-editor of the British Journal of Community Justice since its inception in 2002 until his untimely death in March 2007.


Brian introduced a commitment in the journal to publishing the papers of new academic writers and in particular students studying in the broad area of community and criminal justice.


The British Journal of Community Justice are proud to announce the launch of the Brian Williams Memorial Prize.


The prize will be awarded to a previously unpublished undergraduate or postgraduate student studying in an academic area relevant to the British Journal of Community Justice. Students submitting a paper/papers for the prize (students may submit up to two papers per year) must be on a relevant course or have completed a relevant course in the summer of 2013.


The paper should be between 3000-5000 words and can be on any topic relevant to the journal. It should be submitted in the style of the journal. Advice will be given to potential writers about the appropriateness of their topic choice and on issues of journal style.


Articles must not have been published elsewhere but can be a re-worked essay submitted as part of coursework. Articles submitted for the Prize are to be written by the candidate as sole author.


Previous winners of the Prize are ineligible to apply for subsequent years' Prizes.


Articles can be submitted from 1st January 2013 onwards, but no later than 31st December 2013 for consideration in the 2013 Brian Williams Memorial Prize year. Those submitted after 31st December 2013 will automatically be considered for the following year’s award, provided the above eligibility criteria are met.


The winning article will be announced and published in the British Journal of Community Justice during 2014. A prize of £150 will also be awarded to the winner.


The editors reserve the right to ask for amendments to the article where it is not formatted in the correct manner.


Articles commended by the judges may also be considered for publication. In any event recommendations for publishing will be made to those commended.


Submissions will be assessed by a Judging Panel comprising of an Independent Chair and the Editors of the British Journal of Community Justice and/or their representatives.  The Panel will meet in January 2014 to review all submissions, and feedback will be provided to all entrants shortly after.


What are we looking for?

The winning paper will be the one which in the opinion of the judges:

  • demonstrates originality, imagination and excellence;

  • extends understanding of community justice;

  • has the capacity to promote wider appreciation of the issue;

  • demonstrates excellence in its structure and in its writing.


Click here to view the BJCJ 'Guidelines for Authors'. 


This information is also available as a downloadable PDF file - please see the document at the bottom of this page


To register your interest in making a contribution to the Brian Williams Memorial Prize 2013 please complete the form below:


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Brian Williams Memorial Prize 2013