BAJS is pleased to announce that the 2020 BAJS Book Prize competition is now open. The book prize initiative was launched by BAJS in 2018 to recognise and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies. The prize was first awarded in 2019 to Dr Seth Anziska for his Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo. Each year BAJS will award one prize of £1000 for the best monograph submitted, with the focus alternating between books on the ancient to medieval period and early-modern to modern period. For the 2020 prize we invite submissions focused on topics relating to the ancient to medieval period. The winner will be announced at the annual BAJS conference, which in 2020 will be held in Southampton from 13-15 July. Criteria:
  • Subject matter: Books in any area of academic Jewish Studies related to the ancient to medieval period are eligible for consideration.
  • Eligibility: Submissions must have been completed by scholars based at UK or Irish universities, or based on work substantially undertaken at UK or Irish universities. All scholars are eligible to submit books, but if not already members of BAJS they will be expected to join the association during the review period.
  • Nominations: Those eligible may submit their books for consideration, or be nominated by a publisher, or be nominated by another member of BAJS.
  • Publication date: Only volumes with a copyright date of 2018 or after are eligible.
  • Type of volume: Only monographs are accepted, including translations and commentaries of sources. Reference works and edited volumes will not be considered.
  • Languages: Works in languages other than English will be accepted.
Submission Instructions: Please notify the Chair of the BAJS Book Prize Committee, Dr Eva Frojmovic ( of your intention to submit a monograph for the prize. Your covering letter should include the following information:
  • Contact details (name, email and postal address)
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Details of the publication, including title, publisher and copyright date
You will need to mail three copies of your monograph to the Chair of the Book Prize Committee (Dr Eva Frojmovic, Centre for Jewish Studies, Fine Art Building, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT). The deadline for submission of the covering letter is January 31st 2020. All volumes must be received by the judges by the end of February 2020 or the submission will become ineligible.

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