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William Proctor Writing Contest


William L. Proctor Award
for scholarship on the
History, Archaeology, and Historic Architecture of St. Augustine
awarded by the
Historic St. Augustine Research Institute

The Historic St. Augustine Research Institute announces the William L. Proctor Award for outstanding research and writing at the undergraduate and graduate level on the history, archaeology, and historic architecture of St. Augustine. The Institute will award the William L. Proctor Prize in the amount of $1000 and such other smaller prizes in the discretion of the Institute. This is a juried competition.

William L. Proctor, Ph.D. is the chancellor of Flagler College. For thirty years he served as president of the college; he has also served as a member of the state of Florida State Board of Education and a member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is currently the President of the St. Augustine Foundation, Inc., the funding agency for the Institute.

The Institute is a collaborative project of Flagler College and the University of Florida. Its purpose is to encourage, coordinate and disseminate active academic research related to the history, archaeology and historical architecture of St. Augustine, Florida, and to apply this research in support of historic preservation in the city.

2013 Scholarship Recipient

Alexander Tasi - 2013 William Proctor Award Recipient

Alexander Tasi

Read Winning Eassy

Rules of the competition

  1. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university in a history, archaeology, historical architecture, or related program. Individuals must be a currently registered (full or part-time) student or have been registered within the last six months at the time of the deadline for submittal.
  2. Papers shall address the history, archaeology, or historical architecture of the city of St. Augustine in some substantial manner.  Therefore, papers need not focus exclusively on the history of the city, but must provide ample coverage of some aspect of the city’s almost 450 years of history.
  3. Papers should be typed, double spaced throughout (excluding footnotes, block quotes, and tabular matter), on good quality white 8.5" x 11" paper. An ideal page paper length is twenty-five to thirty-five pages. Papers must be submitted electronically in Word format. The manuscript should be prepared as follows:
    • The first page should be headed by the title without the author's name. Authorial identification should be avoided throughout the manuscript.
    • The entire text should be paged consecutively.
    • Citations should be single-spaced footnotes, numbered consecutively, and in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style.
    • In a cover letter, authors should include their name, their academic institution, the author’s phone number, email address, and mailing address. Authors should also include the name and contact information of any professional who has already critiqued the paper.
    • No paper will be considered if it has been previously published in some form, is soon to be published elsewhere, or is under consideration by a journal or press.
  4. Papers must be sent by email to the following address: and received by June 15, 2014
  5. Research associates of the Institute will jury the competition.
  6. It is anticipated that the prize winning paper and such other exceptional papers, if any, will be published in a special edition of El Escribano, the Journal of the St. Augustine Historical Society.
  7. The decision of the Institute in any and all aspects of the competition is final. Questions concerning the competition should be directed to T. W. Upchurch, Assistant Professor of Law and History; Flagler College, 74 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084 or at