Sacknoff Prize for Space History

Type: Prize

Name: Sacknoff Prize for Space History

Location: Bethesda, MD

Application Deadline: November 26, 2019

Sponsoring Institution: The Space 3.0 Foundation, Inc. and Quest, the History of Spaceflight Quarterly


Awarded since 2011, the Sacknoff Prize is designed to encourage original research by university students in the field of space history. The winner receives $500 cash prize; publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly; and an invitation to present at the Society for the History of Technology annual meeting.

Eligibility: Students must be enrolled at an educational institution (undergraduate or graduate) at the time of submission and working toward a degree. Papers already published or scheduled for publication in another journal will NOT be accepted.

Deadline and Submission Instructions: Submissions must be received by November 26, 2019.
The manuscript (in Word or PDF format) and a cover letter should be sent to: The cover letter should contain the student’s mailing address, email address, school, program, advisor, and stage in studies.

Criteria for Submission: Original manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words and must be typed and in English. Submissions should emphasize in-depth research, with adequate citation of the sources utilized. Originality of ideas is important. Diagrams, graphs, images, and photographs may be included.
Although works must be historical in character, they can draw on other disciplines—such as cultural studies, literature, communications, economics, engineering, and science.
Possible subjects include:
• comparative or international studies of spaceflight history;
• historical aspects of space companies & 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 systems design, engineering, and safety.

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


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Contact Information:
Bethany Drehman

Posted: October 04, 2019