The Rosemary VanArsdel Prize

Rosemary VanArsdel

The VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize was established in 1990 to honor Rosemary VanArsdel, a founding member of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, whose groundbreaking research continues to shape the field of nineteenth-century periodical studies.

The winner of the VanArsdel Prize receives $500 and publication of their submission in Victorian Periodicals Review. A list of past awardees can be found below our submission guidelines.

Applications open May 1 and are due June 1.

See the current award calendar for all application deadlines.


Submission Guidelines

Essays should be approximately 4,000–7,500 words (or 15–25 pages), excluding notes and bibliography. Formatting should be double-spaced throughout with one-inch margins and a standard font such as Times New Roman 12. Please also note:

  • Authors must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at the time of submission. The winner will be required to provide a letter from his or her graduate program verifying student status.
  • Manuscripts should not be under submission elsewhere or previously published.
  • Submissions should be emailed as an MS Word attachment.

For further details about the prize or to submit your essay, contact the VPR Editor.


Previous Awardees

Congratulations to our 2020 VanArsdel winner, Lindsay Wells, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Look for her essay, “Vegetal Bedfellows: Houseplant Superstitions and Environmental Thought in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals,” in an upcoming issue of Victorian Periodicals Review!

Previous winners of the VanArsdel Prize are: