This prize, named for Harold Blakemore (1930-1991), commemorates a scholar described as ‘the British standard-bearer of Latin American studies for a quarter of a century’ (in an obituary by David Fox), who played a key role in the foundation of SLAS in 1964 and throughout its early period. Since 1991, the prize has been awarded to the best essay submitted each year by a postgraduate student in Latin American Studies based at a UK institution. Its monetary value is £600, and the winner is invited by the Editors to submit his or her essay to the Bulletin of Latin American Studies (subject to the usual Editorial procedures).


To enter the competition the essay should be:

  • be double spaced

  • be a maximum of 8000 words in length (including notes, but excluding bibliography)

  • follow standard academic conventions


A panel of judges for the prize will be appointed by the SLAS Committee, and the winner will be announced at the SLAS Annual Conference. Entries should not have been published, or be under consideration for publication, elsewhere. Entrants must be members of SLAS.


To enter, please send a copy of the essay to: Eamon.McCarthy@glasgow.ac.uk