CFA: The Sacknoff Prize for Space History

Bethesda, MD, United States

Call for papers

To encourage research and writing effort among university students in the area of space history

Students must be enrolled at educational institutions (upper-class undergraduate or graduate level) at the time of submittal. Papers already published or scheduled for publication will NOT be accepted.


  • A cash prize of $300 and a plaque.
  • The winning paper will be published in Quest: The History of Spaceflight
  • A free one-year subscription to Quest: The History of Spaceflight
  • Invitation to present at the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Aerospace Committee (Albatross)Deadline
    Submissions must be postmarked by 20 June 2014.
    Winners will be announced in August.

    Criteria for Submission

  • Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words and should be typed, double-spaced and in English.
  • Submissions should emphasize in-depth research, with adequate citations of the sources utilized.
  • Originality of ideas is important.
  • Diagrams, graphs, images, or photographs may be included and should include appropriate captions and credits.
  • Although works must be historical in character, they can draw on methods of disciplines other than history, eg. cultural studies, literature, communications, economics, engineering, science, etc. Comparative or international studies of the history of spaceflight are encouraged.
  • Possible subjects include, but are not limited to historical aspects of space companies and their leaders, regulation of the space business, financial and economic aspects of the space industry, the social effects of spaceflight, space technology development, the space environment, and space system design, engineering, and safety.Submittal Instructions
    Submissions must be electronic and importable into Word or Adobe PDF format and sent to
    A cover letter should be included stating the student’s address, including email address, school, program, advisor, and stage in studies. The student should indicate how the paper submitted related to his or her professional future.

    Prize Committee
    Includes the editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight and members of the Society for the History of Technology Aerospace Committee (SHOT/Albatross)


    2011 – Megan Ansdell, George Washington University, Space Policy Institute
    “Language Protocols in International Human Spaceflight”
    A historical survey of language protocols and issues on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Shuttle-Mir, and International Space Station.

    2012 – Amy Paige Kaminski
    “Explorers We? The Making, Unmaking, and Public Involvement Legacy of NASA’s Space Flight Participant Program”

    2013 – Jordan Bimm, York University
    “Rethinking the Overview Effect”

    About Scott Sacknoff
    Scott Sacknoff has been involved in the space community for the past two decades as an engineer, analyst, financier, and entrepreneur specializing in the commercialization and business of space. Mr. Sacknoff is best known as the author of the “State of the Space Industry” market analyses produced from 1996 through 2005, the “North American Space Directory” (produced from 1993 to 2006), and from his efforts leading the International Space Business Council. He won a Ben Franklin award for his book “Space Careers” (co-authored with Leonard David) and was nominated for an AAS Emme award as editor of “In Their Own Words”, a collection of interviews with astronauts and other key space figures. Currently, Mr. Sacknoff manages the SPADE Defense Index (, an investment benchmark for the defense, homeland security, and government space sectors and volunteers as publisher of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly.

    About Quest: The History of Spaceflight
    Published quarterly since 1992, Quest exists to capture the stories and behind-the scenes insight of the people, projects, politics, and programs that made the journey into space possible — whether civil, military, commercial, or international. More information on Quest can be found at

    Rights and Legal
    By submitting an article, the author assigns rights of the material provided to the publisher of Quest, including but not limited to, its use in an upcoming issue of Quest and the right to reprint in future publications both print and/or electronic.

Deadline: June 20, 2014

Posted: June 13, 2014