The Journal of Ecclesiastical History has an expansive remit: we publish original research into the history of Christianity broadly conceived, from the ancient world to the present, throughout the world, extending to every variant of Christianity and every historical subdiscipline. Squeezing this into around six articles per issue inevitably means that some areas can be neglected, and as the Journal gets a reputation for publishing work in certain fields, that pattern can become self-reinforcing.

In particular, the Editorial Board has been concerned for a while that the Journal is not attracting enough top-rank research pieces on the history of Christianity outside Europe and North America, given the liveliness of those many research fields. So we are delighted to announce a new World Christianities Essay Prize of £500, part-funded by a generous donation from the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, which will be awarded annually to the author of the best original research article submitted on any subject relating to the history of Christianity outside Europe and North America since the year 700. Contributions, which should not exceed 8000 words, are welcome from any historical subdiscipline and with any chronological or geographical focus within those parameters. Contributions will be assessed anonymously and are open to any author regardless of seniority or background. Entries from junior scholars are warmly encouraged. The winning submission will be published as an article in the January 2018 issue of the Journal.

The closing date for the first round is 31 March 2017. Full details of the prize and guidelines for entrants can be found on the prize’s webpage.


To celebrate the launch of the World Christianities Essay Prize we have made a selection of exemplary articles freely available to all.

Exemplary Articles:

The Travels and Translations of Three African Anglican Missionaries, 1890–1930 by Emma Wild-Wood

Monsignor Ivan Illich’s Critique of the Institutional Church, 1960–1966 by Rosa Bruno-Jofré, Jon Igelmo Zaldívar

Penance in the Jesuit Mission to Japan, 1549–1562 by James Fujitani

C. René Padilla and the Origins of Integral Mission in Post-War Latin America by David C. Kirkpatrick

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