The Henry N. Barkhausen Award For Original Research in Great Lakes Maritime History

All entries for must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2013

Guidelines for Entrants

Since 2001, the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History has sponsored the Henry N. Barkhausen Award program to recognize and encourage new research in the field of Great Lakes maritime history. Submissions are encouraged on any topic related to the region’s maritime history, and will be accepted from any person(s) researching that history regardless of formal training.

Winners of the Barkhausen Award receive a $500 cash prize, a complimentary one-year membership in the Association and, if requested, assistance in getting their paper published. Winners will also have their lodging and registration fees paid to attend the Association’s annual conference to participate and/or to present his or her paper.

All sources used in a paper must be must be properly documented and a bibliography included with the paper. Either endnotes or footnotes are acceptable. Entry requirements include the ability of authors to be able to attest that submissions include original research using primary source materials or archeological findings, and have not been previously published. Examples of original source materials include unpublished manuscripts, government documents, and contemporaneous news reports. Potential entrants are encouraged to contact Steve Brisson, chair of the Association’s Research & Publication Committee, for a list of Association member institutions that may have original source materials in their collections (see contact information below).

Entries may be submitted either electronically or in hard copy format. Although book-length manuscripts will not be accepted, excerpts or abridgements of larger works may be submitted as long as the total length is 75 pages or less, including notes and bibliography. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter with an introduction and one-paragraph abstract of the paper. Since the cover letter and paper will be reviewed by the jurors, neither document may contain any hints of authorship since the author’s identity will not be revealed to the jurors.

Electronic submissions must be in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format, and e-mailed to Steve Brisson at brissons@michigan.gov. Hard copy submissions, including copies of illustrative materials, must be mailed to Steve Brisson, Mackinac State Historic Parks, P.O. Box 873, Mackinac City, MI 49701. Originals of illustrative materials will not be accepted, and the Association will not assume any responsibility for loss or damage to paper submissions or illustrative materials. If an author wishes to have the hard copy of a paper or illustrative materials returned after judging, he or she should send a self-addressed, postage-paid return envelope with their submission.


Address for Inquiries and Submissions

For more information on the Barkhausen Award for Original Research in Great Lakes Maritime History
or questions about the contest rules, contact:

 Steve Brisson, Chief Curator
Mackinac State Historic Parks
P.O. Box 873
Mackinac City, MI  49701
E-mail: brissons@michigan.gov

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