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Ristow Prize in the history of cartography

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Students of the history of cartography are invited to submit papers for the 2021 Ristow Prize competition.

  • Undergraduate, graduate and first-year postdoctoral students of any nationality are eligible to compete.

  • Papers must be in English, not exceeding 7,500 words, and should be submitted digitally as a PDF document to by 1 June 2021.

  • Appropriate illustrations, especially maps, are encouraged.

Deadline: 1 June 2021

The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $1,000 USD and will be published in The Portolan, the journal of the Washington Map Society. The prize, named in honour of the late Dr Walter W. Ristow, is sponsored by the Washington Map Society of Washington DC. For more information, including a list of previous winners, go to the website or contact Dr Katherine Parker at

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