Call for entries for $10,000 maritime history prizes
Writers and publishers of maritime history are invited to nominate works for two biennial maritime history prizes totalling $8,000, sponsored jointly by the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH) and the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM). Nominations close on 30 March 2023.
The 2023 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize of $8,000
Will be awarded for a non-fiction book treating any aspect of maritime history relating to or affecting Australia, written or co-authored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022. The book should be published in Australia, although titles written by Australian authors but published overseas may be considered at the discretion of the judges.
The prize is open to Australian authors or co-authors of a book-length monograph or compilation of their own works.
Fictional works, edited collections of essays by multiple contributors, second editions and translations of another writer’s work are not eligible.
This will be the 12th joint prize for a maritime history book awarded by the two organisations.
Mutiny, Mayhem, Mythology: Bounty’s Enigmatic Voyage by Alan Frost (Sydney University Press)
Across the Seas: Australia's response to refugees by Klaus Neumann (Black Inc, 2015)
In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One by David Stevens (Oxford University Press, 2014)
Saltwater People, by John Ogden (Cyclops Press, Avalon, NSW, 2011)
Darwin’s Armada – How Four voyagers to Australasia Won the Battle for Evolution and Changed the World by Iain McCalman (Penguin Australia, 2009)
Captain Cook: Voyager Between Worlds, John Gascoigne (Hambledon Continuum, London, 2007)
François Péron – An Impetuous Life: Naturalist and Voyager, by Dr Edward Duyker OAM (Miegunyah Press, 2006)
Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, by Jean Fornasiero, Peter Monteath and John West-Sooby (Wakefield Press, Kent Town SA, 2004)
Sand in our Souls: the Beach in Australian History, by Dr Leone Huntsman (Melbourne University Press, 2001)
Mariners are Warned by Marsden Hordern, (Melbourne University Press, 1989)
The 2023 Australian Community Maritime History Prize of $2,000
To be awarded to a regional or local museum or historical society for a publication (book, booklet, educational resource kit, DVD, film or other print or digital media, including websites, databases and oral histories) relating to an aspect of maritime history of that region or community, and published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022.
The winner will also receive a year’s subscription to the Australian Association for Maritime History and a year’s subscription to the Australian National Maritime Museum’s quarterly magazine Signals.
Publications by state-run organisations, physical exhibitions and periodicals such as journals are not eligible.
This will be the sixth joint prize for a community history work awarded by the two organisations.
The Naval Historical Society of Australia for its website, navyhistory.org.au
The Western Australian Museum for Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja (Returning to Mokare’s Home Country) (2016)
No prize awarded due to lack of entries
Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery for Sea of Dreams: The lure of Port Phillip Bay 1830–1914 (2011)
The Lady Denman Heritage Complex, Huskisson, for Shipping and Shipwrecks – Stories from Jervis Bay and its Neighbouring Coasts by Peter Crabb (2010)
Both prizes reflect the wish of the two sponsoring organisations to promote a broad view of maritime history that demonstrates how the sea and maritime influences have been more central to the shaping of Australia, its people and its culture than has commonly been believed.
How to nominate
To nominate for the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize, send an entry form and provide THREE photocopies or PDFs of the following materials to the address below:
• dust jacket or cover
• title page
• imprint page
• contents page
• the page showing the ISBN
• one or two representative chapters of the publication (up to 10 per cent of the contents), including examples of illustrative materials.
A copy of the book may also be included, but may not substitute for these materials.
Copies of any published reviews may also be included.
To nominate for the Australian Community Maritime History Prize, send an entry form to the address below, along with:
• For print publications or DVDs – include a physical copy.
• For digital publications such as websites, databases, online exhibitions or apps – include 250–300 words explaining the vision and objectives of the digital media, plus data indicating its success. For websites and databases, also provide the URL or download details.
• For an app or other digital media – submit it on a USB or via a file transfer system.
Copies of any published reviews may also be included.
Multiple nominations may be made, but each must be for one category only.
Nominations close on 30 March 2023.
Following an initial assessment of nominations, shortlisted authors or publishers will be invited to submit three copies of their publication. These will be judged by a committee consisting of three prominent judges from the maritime community. The prize will be announced and awarded at a time and venue to be advised..
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Nominations should be sent to:
Australian National Maritime Museum
Wharf 7, 58 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Any queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org