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The Sacknoff Prize for Space History

Now Accepting Papers: Deadline 4 December 2020

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About the Prize
Awarded since 2011, the Sacknoff Prize is designed to encourage original research by university students in the field of space history

Students must be enrolled at an educational institutions (undergraduate or graduate) at the time of submittal and working toward a degree. Papers already published or scheduled for publication in another journal will NOT be accepted.

The Winner Receives
  • A $500 cash prize
  • Publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly
  • A free one-year subscription to Quest: The History of Spaceflight
  • An invitation to present at the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) by their Aerospace Special Interest Group (Albatross)


  • Submissions must be postmarked by 4 December 2020
  • Winners will be announced in December.

Submission Instructions
  • The manuscript (in Word or PDF format) and a cover letter should be sent to: scott@spacehistory101.com
  • The cover letter should contain the student's mailing address, email address, school, program, advisor, and stage in studies.

Criteria for Submission
  • Original manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (including notes) and must be typed and in English.
  • Submissions should emphasize in-depth research, with adequate citations of the sources utilized.
  • Originality of ideas is important. Diagrams, graphs, images, or photographs may be included and should include appropriate captions and credits.
  • Although works must be historical in character, they can draw on other disciplines--such as cultural studies, literature, communications, economics, engineering, and science.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:
- Historical aspects of space companies and their leaders,
- Regulation of the space business,
- Financial and economic aspects of the space industry,
- The social effects of spaceflight,
- Space technology development,
- The space environment, and
- Space system design, engineering, and safety.

Q & A
  • Is the prize open to papers with co-authors? Yes, but the prize must be shared among co-authors
  • Is the prize open to international students? Yes. Two of our previous winners have called Australia and Canada home and we had a finalist from South Korea.

  • Prize Committee
    Includes the editor of Quest and members of the Society for the History of Technology Aerospace Committee (SHOT/Albatross)


    2017 - Haris Durrani, Columbia Law School
    "Our Window on the World: Life in the Orbital Heterotopia of the International Space Station"

    2016 - Tracee Haupt, University of Maryland
    "The NASA Art Program: Technology, Art, and Conflicting Visions of Progress, 1962-1973"

    2015 - Kerrie Dougherty, University of New South Wales, Australia
    "Spaceport Woomera: The Anglo-Australian Vision of Woomera Rocket Range as Spaceport"

    - Eric Fenrich, University of California, Santa Barbara
    "Detente and Dissent: Apollo-Soyuz, Ruth Bates Harris, and NASA's Rhetoric of Cooperation"

    - Jordan Bimm, York University
    "Rethinking the Overview Effect"

    - Amy Paige Kaminski
    "Explorers We? The Making, Unmaking, and Public Involvement Legacy of NASA's Space Flight Participant Program

    2011 - Megan Ansdell, George Washington University, Space Policy Institute
    "Language Protocols in International Human Spaceflight"-- A historical survey of language protocols and issues on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Shuttle-Mir, and International Space Station.

    About Scott Sacknoff
    Scott Sacknoff has been involved in the space community for the past two decades as an engineer, analyst, financier, and entrepreneur specializing in the commercialization and business of space. Mr. Sacknoff is best known as the author of the State of the Space Industry market analyses produced from 1996 through 2005, the North American Space Directory (produced from 1993 to 2006), and from his efforts leading the International Space Business Council. He won a Ben Franklin award for his book Space Careers (co-authored with Leonard David) and was nominated for an AAS Emme award as editor of In Their Own Words, a collection of interviews with astronauts and other key space figures. Currently, Mr. Sacknoff manages the SPADE Defense Index (www.spadeindex.com), an investment benchmark for the defense, homeland security, and government space sectors, volunteers as publisher of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly, and in 2019 helped launched Space 3.0, a 501c3 charitable grant-making foundation.

    About Quest: The History of Spaceflight
    Published quarterly since 1992, Quest exists to capture the stories and behind-the scenes insight of the people, projects, politics, and programs that made the journey into space possible -- whether civil, military, commercial, or international. More information on Quest can be found at http://www.spacehistory101.com

    Rights and Legal
    By submitting an article, the author assigns rights of the material provided to the publisher of Quest, including but not limited to, its use in an upcoming issue of Quest and the right to reprint in future publications both print and/or electronic.

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