Douglas Murray Prize

Reformation & Renaissance Review

The widow of Douglas Murray (prematurely deceased in 2001) has established a commemorative annual prize in the form of awards for distinguished contributions to the Reformation & Renaissance Review over the next ten years, starting with volume 14.

  • Douglas Murray was a graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. Following some years as a Church of Scotland minister he was a lecturer in Church history at the University of Glasgow, where he was also Principal of Trinity College. His special interests were partly Scottish Church history and partly the history of worship with a focus on the Catholic roots of Reformed liturgies.
  • Considered automatically for an award will be all contributions in the annual volume of RRR (but with the exception of contributions from members of the editorial team and editorial board). A single prize of £1000 will be given to a piece of extraordinarily high quality, striking significance, and foreseeably wide impact. In the absence of such a recommendation, then two prizes of £500 each will be awarded to the two best contributions.
  • Contributions are understood as a conventional article, or an edited ‘Text & Document’, or a speculative or critical essay [in this case with a minimum of notes] of a discursive and general kind. Up to a maximum of 10,000 words long (all inclusive) is the strict word limit.
  • Subject matter must be closely compatible with the spheres of interest and focus of the journal as stated on its Homepage, and thus relate directly or indirectly to religious thought, practice, and development within the context of the Renaissance and Reformation 1400-1700. Within that there is no restriction, and contributions in the area of Scottish Reformation studies and of the history of worship are especially encouraged.
  • The adjudicating panel will be a three-person group from the Editorial Board excluding the editors. Typical criteria applied will be research and / or interpretative originality, depth of insight, breadth of vision, literary quality, promise, aptness and restraint of annotation.
  • The award will be announced within three months after the conclusion of a volume.
  • Please note that there can be no correspondence on the matter of the prize with actual or prospective contributors.

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