History essay prize 2022/2023 - results

The 2022-23 essay prize was on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, which was crushed by the Soviet army. There were 150 entries. These are the prize-winners.

  1st Jess Harris, Hayesfield Girls’ School, Bath

  2nd Sara Hughes, Brighton College

  3rd Rebecca Klemke, Impington International College, Cambridge

Highly commended:

  Ben Luca Atassi Quinton, Tiffin School, Kingston-upon-Thames

  Gabriella Sheppard, Tormead School, Guildford

  George Emms, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

  Ksenia Kuznetsova, Matthew Arnold School, Oxford

  Raahan Mehta, Haberdashers’ Boys’ School, Borehamwood

  Matthew Rusling, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Birmingham


  Robin Elfsberg, Watford Grammar School for Boys

  Harris Felton, Watford Grammar School for Boys

  Henry Burrows, Magdalen College School, Oxford

  Evelyn Davies, Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon

  Niamh Tarrant, LaSWAP, London

  Sophie Browning, Sutton Valence School, Maidstone

Congratulations to all who completed their 2,000 word essays. To have done that is an achievement in itself.

The prize money for the essay competition is: First – £1,500; Second – £600 and third – £300. This prize money will be divided equally between the students and the schools. Students whose entries are “highly commended” will receive £50 each. The awards ceremony will take place at the Hungarian Embassy in London in the late afternoon of 10th May. The winners and those highly commended will be invited to attend. His Excellency Ferenc Kumin has agreed to present the prizes.

The essays were anonymised before the judges saw them, so they did not know who wrote the essays or which school they attend. This was to prevent any unconscious bias. The judges included Victor Sebestyen, author of Budapest: Between East and West.

The subject for the 2023-24 essay prize has now been announced. It will be Repression in pre-war Nazi Germany. Please see the full announcement our our home page here.

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