This competition is sponsored by the Mills Archive to promote useful research in molinology. Any correspondence should be addressed to the Research Management Board at or at:

The Mills Archive Trust
Watlington House
44 Watlington Street
Reading RG 4RJ, UK.

General rules

  1. Two competitions will be run simultaneously.
  2. Applicants may enter either the Research Prize or the Research Award competition (see below).
  3. Applicants must be over 18 on the date they submit their entry.
  4. Researchers must choose which of the two competitions they wish to enter and inform the Research Management Board of the intended title before 1st December 2015.
  5. Completed entries must be received by the Research Management Board by 31st May 2016.
  6. The winners will be announced by 31st July 2016.
  7. Trustees of the Mills Archive Trust and their close relations may not enter the competition.
  8. The research must be on a topic connected with a traditional use of wind, water or muscle power. Subjects such as steam power or roller mills are admissible only if their close association with these uses is demonstrated by the submitted text.
  9. The research must be original, previously unpublished and written in English. It must not be submitted for publication elsewhere in any format before the results are announced, and the winners will be required to sign a statement confirming this to be the case before any prize is awarded.
  10. Entries must be submitted in rich text format (RTF). The Board will provide advice if needed about conversion to RTF from other formats.
  11. Illustrations should not be embedded in the text but their position within the text should be indicated as required by the author. Images should be provided separately as high-resolution JPEGs (preferably at least 1000 pixels on the longer side).
  12. Illustrations are not a requirement for the Research Award competition. However, the judges will consider the presentation, including illustrations, when judging the entries for the Mills Archive Research Prize. The work may draw on items deposited in the Mills Archive. Use of the Archive and its holdings is recommended but is not a condition of entry.
  13. Entries should be emailed to or provided in an alternative digital format by previous agreement with the Research Management Board at this address. Printed submissions are not acceptable.
  14. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain copyright clearance for material for which they do not own the copyright.
  15. Whilst every effort will be taken to safeguard the information submitted, the Mills Archive Research Board cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent loss or damage.
  16. The authors of the winning entries must agree to assist the Research Management Board in publishing the entries as described in the specific rules below, and will receive their cash prize together with ten free copies of the publication as soon as it is available.
  17. Submission of an entry to the competition indicates that the author accepts both the general and the specific rules and particularly that they acknowledge that the copyrights and designs of any publication arising from the competition are reserved to the Mills Archive Trust. Moreover although the copyright of the text and pictures remain with the author, the Trust reserves the right to review and/or publish any winning entry in Mill memories or elsewhere without fee.
  18. Entries will be judged by a panel comprising two trustees from the Mills Archive Trust, together with one 'lay' member selected by them with mill expertise appropriate to the subject matter.
  19. The panel's decisions are final and it is not obliged to explain them.

The Mills Archive Research Prize: specific rules

  1. Entries should be a major piece of original research of about 25,000 words.
  2. The winner will be awarded the Mills Archive Research Prize of £500.
  3. The winning entry will be presented as a stand-alone individual edition, published by the Mills Archive Trust.
  4. The winner must agree to assist the Trust in publishing the work and publicising the prize.
  5. A public lecture, to be delivered at the Mills Archive in Reading, may be arranged if it seems appropriate.

The Mills Archive Research Award: specific rules

  1. Entries should be a short research paper of about 5,000 words.
  2. The winner will be awarded the Mills Archive Research Award of £50.
  3. The winning entry will be published in a special edition of Mill memories.
  4. The winner must agree to assist the Trust in publishing the work and publicising the prize.