Sophie Coe Prize in Food History 2020

Guild member Kaori O’Connor is one of the trustees for the Sophie Coe Prize and she has let us know that this year’s prize is now open for entries. ‘The Prize is awarded each year to an engaging, original piece of writing that delivers new research and/or new insights into any aspect of food history. We welcome entries of up to 10,000 words on any relevant topic. The Prize is £1,500 for the winning essay, article or book chapter. Authors may submit one entry only each, and they must be delivered to us by this year’s closing date of Saturday 25 April 2020.

‘The Prize was founded in 1995 in memory of Sophie Coe (1933–1994), the eminent anthropologist and food historian. The winner is selected by our anonymous panel of distinguished judges and announced in early July.

‘Published and unpublished work may be submitted. If the former, it must have been published within 12 months of the submission deadline. If the latter, it must be in immediately publishable form.

‘Before submitting an entry please read in full the “How to Enter” page at our website ( Entries that do not comply fully with our conditions of entry will not be put forward to our judges. We also advise entrants to read some of the former winning entries to get a good understanding of the kind of original research work we are seeking.


In the current extraordinary situation, the trustees have decided to waive our usual requirement for entrants to send paper copies of their Sophie Coe Prize entries through the mail.


‘For full details, and to sign up for reminders and updates on the Prize, please consult our website at Any queries not answered by the information on our website should be addressed to the Chair, Jane Levi, at email address’