The American Society for Irish Medieval Studies hosts two annual prizes: the Adams Prize and the Barry Prize. Information on these can be viewed below.

The Four Courts Press Michael Adams Prize in Irish Medieval Studies

This prize is announced and awarded annually at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo.

The prize is awarded for the best essay/article in Irish Medieval Studies published in a book or journal during the previous calendar year. This year’s prize, which will be awarded in May 2018, will be awarded for an essay/article published in 2017.

Only articles/essays written by members of ASIMS will be considered. Membership information and registration is available at

The prize is open to everybody, from students to senior academics.

Each entrant must submit his/her article on or by 25 March of the year of the prize ceremony (i.e. if you are entering the competition with an essay/article that was published in 2016 you must submit your entry for consideration on or by 25 March 2018).

The preferred submission format is PDF as an email attachment. If submitting by post, send four paper copies.

All submissions for the year 2016 should be sent by 25 March 2018 to Dr. Westley Follett, Dept of History, University of Southern Mississippi, 730 East Beach Blvd, Long Beach, MS 39560. Email:

The entries will be judged by a panel consisting of: (a) the current President of ASIMS; (b) a senior scholar in good standing (appointed by the ASIMS Executive Board in consultation with Terry Barry); and (c) the winner of the previous year’s Adams Prize.

The prize is a check to the value of US$500 from Four Courts Press. A summary of the article will be reprinted in Eolas, the journal of ASIMS. Feel free to download and distribute the Adams Prize Poster.

Terence Barry Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Irish Medieval Studies

The American Society of Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS) seeks to develop Irish medieval studies as an academic discipline within the United States and Europe. Members of the Society conduct research in archaeology, art history, history, linguistics, literature, and theology.

Named in honor of Professor Terry Barry, TCD, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to graduate student scholarship, the ASIMS Barry Prize is an annual prize awarded for the best conference paper on a subject of relevance to Irish Medieval Studies delivered by a graduate student.

The prize is open to graduate students from any field who either have presented or have written and intend to present a paper on a subject of relevance to Irish Medieval Studies at any conference during the year beginning with the Kalamazoo Congress (ICMS) in May and ending with the Kalamazoo Congress (ICMS) of the following year.

Submissions will be judged by a panel drawn from the ASIMS committee. The prize-winner will be determined during a meeting of the selection committee at the forthcoming International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) in May.

The winning paper will be announced at the ASIMS dinner, which is held annually at the Kalamazoo International Congress. The winner need not be present, and will be contacted officially in writing.

The prize will consist of a check for reimbursement of the current year’s ICMS registration fees costs, or a check of equivalent value. It is a requirement that the winning entry submits a summary statement of the presentation for publication in the society’s journal, Eolas. Especially worthy entries may also be considered for eventual publication in the journal. Should the prize winner decide to seek publication of the winning entry, Eolas has the right of first refusal.

Please note that only graduate student papers written/presented by members of ASIMS will be considered. Membership may begin at the time of submission.

Membership information and registration is available at

Please submit proof of current graduate student status and a copy of your paper electronically (preferably in pdf format), to Dr. Westley Follett, University of Southern Mississippi, MS. Email:

Submissions for the next prize should be received before midnight on April 15, 2017. Feel free to download and distribute the Barry Prize Poster.