Get started on that original, unpublished manuscript for the Exemplary Archival Research Award. Manuscripts are due by Feb. 1.
Participants are eligible to win a $1,000 cash prize. The winning paper also will be kept on file at NEARA and the Arkansas State Archives and will be considered for publication in a statewide journal.
Entries must not have been submitted elsewhere or published previously and must be no longer than 35 pages. Anyone is eligible to submit a manuscript. Papers must contain citations from documents housed at NEARA to qualify. The award focuses on Lawrence County territorial papers from 1815 to 1936.
A three-person panel will decide the winner. The winner will be announced in April.
The Arkansas Historical Association sponsors the award, which was established in 2013 to honor Lawrence County Historical Society volunteers who saved the territorial records for future researchers when the Powhatan County seat was abandoned in 1963. Volunteers also lobbied for a regional archives, which was established in 2011. The award is funded by the family of Eugene Sloan, a Jonesboro lawyer who was born in Powhatan in 1892.
NEARA staff are available to help researchers locate topics or delve further into works in progress. For more information about the award or for submission guidelines, visit the Arkansas Historical Association at http://arkansashistoricalassociation.org/?page_id=19