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PMI Short History Prize

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The PMI Short History Prize is an award for an historical essay, article or work about a place; or an aspect of a place in Victoria, Australia; or a person associated with a place in Victoria. The essay, article or work must be written by a member or members of a Victorian historical society or similar organisation.

A panel from the Professional Historians Association judges the PMI Short History Prize.

Entries must be:

  • Non-fiction
  • Completed within the last five years, and previously unpublished (or published only in the historical society’s periodical)
  • Up to 15,000 words in length (plus images, maps, bibliography, etc)
  • Accompanied by source notes, including sources of illustrations
  • Accompanied by a completed entry form (see attached)
  • Typed or printed on one side of A4 pages and securely fastened or bound
  • Previous winners of the PMI Short History Prize are ineligible to enter for the following three years
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of historians whose decision shall be final
  • The PMI reserves the right to publish the winning entry in its newsletter and website, and to include a profile of the winner in its newsletter.

The prize is $1000 which consists of $500 for the author(s) and $500 for the associated historical group.

The winner is announced during Victorian History Week on the PMI website.

Deadlines for the 2017 Short History Prize is Friday 25 August 2017. Download a copy of the PMI Short History Prize Guide and Entry Form.

For further enquiries contact The Secretary (03) 9510 3393 or send us an email

Congratulations to the winner of the 2016 Short History Prize Neville Lee from the Camberwell Historical Society for his entry The Story of Ashburton Through the Ages.

The Story of Ashburton Through the Ages was a well-researched and detailed description of the development of this little known area of greater Melbourne. Interestingly told with detail of the wider history as well as what happened locally, it is also well illustrated with maps and photographs.

2016 Honourable Mention
Baxter Hall 1923 – through the eyes of a child, Joan Grace Roycroft Boyle, PMI. A charmingly presented story of a family and life in early Baxter.

You can find a list of past winners of the Short History Prize here.