The Consortium for Guitar Research at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, is offering an annual Research Prize of £200 for original research into the history of the guitar, or closely related plucked instruments, during the period 1540-1940. Entries from scholars, performers, instrument makers and collectors are invited. The research must be previously unpublished, and may take the form of an article (maximum length 5000 words), a report on work in progress or any other form which the competitor finds useful for the best presentation of new facts, thoughts or findings, The judges would welcome (but do not insist upon) the inclusion of photographs, diagrams, images, and short audio or audiovisual recordings. A complete video presentation (not exceeding fifteen minutes in length) may be presented instead of formal written work, perhaps submitted as an unlisted link on YouTube or Vimeo. Other solutions may be possible. (NOTE: Videos of performances must include a substantial element of explication or commentary).
Submissions must be in English. The opening date for submissions is 15 April 2021, the closing date is 5pm, 15 September 2021. The winning entry will be announced at midday on 7 January 2022. The decision of the judges, drawn from members of the Consortium, is final. Submissions should be sent to Researchprize2021@gmail.com and accompanied by a short
synopsis not exceeding 200 words. Entry is open to everyone (no age limit), except for full members of the Consortium (members of the Consortium’s Cohort wing may apply).