BAJS is pleased to announce that the 2021 BAJS Book Prize competition will open shortly.  The book prize initiative was launched by BAJS in 2018 to recognise and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies. We will be inviting submissions focused on topics relating to the early modern or modern period. Volumes with a copyright date of 2019 or after will be eligible. Details of the competition will be announced later in 2020.

Each year BAJS will award one prize of £1000 for the best monograph submitted, with the focus alternating between books on the ancient to medieval period and early-modern to modern period.

The winner will be announced at the annual BAJS conference, which in 2021 will be held in Southampton.


  • Subject matter: Books in any area of academic Jewish Studies related to the ancient to medieval period are eligible for consideration.
  • Eligibility: Submissions must have been completed by scholars based at UK or Irish universities, or based on work substantially undertaken at UK or Irish universities. All scholars are eligible to submit books, but if not already members of BAJS they will be expected to join the association during the review period.
  • Nominations: Those eligible may submit their books for consideration, or be nominated by a publisher, or be nominated by another member of BAJS.
  • Publication date: Only volumes with a copyright date of 2018 or after are eligible.
  • Type of volume: Only monographs are accepted, including translations and commentaries of sources. Reference works and edited volumes will not be considered.
  • Languages: Works in languages other than English will be accepted.

Submission Instructions:
Your covering letter should include the following information:

  • Contact details (name, email and postal address)
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Details of the publication, including title, publisher and copyright date


Winners of the BAJS Book Prize

The 2020 Winners:

  • Dr Lindsey Askin (University of Bristol), for Scribal Culture in Ben Sira published with Brill in 2018. Full details about the book are available here.
  • Professor Sacha Stern (University College London), for The Jewish Calendar Controversy of 921/2 CE published with Brill in 2019. Full details about the book are available here.

The 2019 Winner:

  •  Dr Seth Anziska (UCL), Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo published by Princeton University Press. Full details about the book are available here.
Yulia Egorova awarding the 2019 BAJS Book Prize to Seth Anziska and a special mention for Shirli Gilbert for “From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust”