Gordon Dodds Prize: Submission Procedures

Created in 2011, the Gordon Dodds Prize recognizes superior research and writing on an archival topic by a student enrolled in a Master’s level archival studies program. The prize honours Gordon Dodds (1941-2010), the first President of the ACA, and Archivaria’s longest-serving General Editor. 

Eligibility criteria:

The paper must have been written by a student enrolled at a Canadian university in a recognized Master’s level archival studies program (defined as one that is located in a university department, school, or faculty in which archival education is a specific component of a Master’s level degree program, either as a stand-alone program or as a formal track or concentration within a broader program). 

Submission Procedures:

Nominations must be submitted by a faculty member or instructor associated with the archival studies program to verify that the student paper was written within the context of an archival studies program between 1 May and 30 April of the current academic year. A faculty member/instructor may submit more than one entry per award cycle. To nominate a paper, please complete the Gordon Dodds Prize Submission Form, prior to the deadline of June 30, 2017.

What to submit:

A complete submission consists of 3 parts:

  • An unpublished manuscript of 5,000–8,000 words written on an archival topic written between 1 May 2016 and 30 April 2017 that conforms to Archivaria’s stylistic guidelines.
  • An abstract (150-200 words)
  • Complete guidelines and nomination form

Only the title of the paper should appear on the submission; delete the name of the author, the program, faculty member/instructor, and any other identifying information.

How to submit: 

Submit the nomination electronically to the Managing Editor

When to submit:

Nominations can be submitted any time after 1 May 2016 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
All nominations must be submitted by 30 June 2017


Submissions will be judged in a blind review by the Gordon Dodds Prize Adjudication Committee, which is chaired by the General Editor of Archivaria, and consists of two standing members (the General Editor or designate and the ACA Board Liaison to Archivaria) and two ad hoc members chosen on an annual basis by the General Editor.

The results are announced in August, each year. The winner will receive a certificate, a cash prize of $100, publication of the paper in Archivaria, and a listing on the ACA website.