The Peter Peckard Memorial Prize
Magdalene invites submissions for its annual Peter Peckard Memorial Prize from the University of Cambridge undergraduate students body. Collective entries by University or College Societies and essays written for undergraduate degrees are welcomed.
The Prize was endowed by the generosity of two Magdalene Members wanting to celebrate the achievements of Peter Peckard, Master of Magdalene in the 18th century.
Peckard was elected as Vice-Chancellor of the University in 1784. In this capacity, it fell to him to set subjects for the essays for the undergraduates’ prizes of the University. He chose the topic 'Is it ever right to make slaves of others against their will?'
Thomas Clarkson, a scholar of St John’s College at the time, won the prize for an essay involving a careful review of the horrifying realities of slavery. Clarkson was so moved by what he discovered that, soon after, he decided to dedicate his whole life to fighting for the abolition of slavery. It was Clarkson who later recruited William Wilberforce to lead the battle in Parliament. The Peckard Memorial Prize was created to mark these events.
An essay or equivalent (research paper, report, short film, podcast, blog post, or other media) on some egregious form of human exploitation in the world today and the actions needed to eliminate it.
- Competition open to University of Cambridge undergraduate students.
- Work produced for undergraduate degrees welcomed.
- Collective entries by a University or College Society welcomed.
- Entries must be between 6000-10,000 words (excluding the bibliography). Figures, tables, etc will count at 250 words per page.
- All debts to other scholars, including teachers, books, articles and websites, should be acknowledged.
- Submissions must be in English and submitted using the form below.
- In the case of a tie the judges will split the prize.
Closing date: 10 July 2021
Winner announced: 22 July 2021
It is anticipated that the winner will be invited with a guest and the Head of House/Senior Tutor of their College to a prize-giving ceremony in October 2021 followed by dinner at Magdalene hosted by the Master, Senior Fellows and members of the prize-giving committee.