The purpose of the award is to encourage the writing of original essays which enhance the understanding of industrial archaeology. Essays should deal with general themes or overviews, including typologies: fieldwork reports are not eligible. There will be two prizes of £100 each: a general award and a student award open to anyone on a full-time course in higher education. Entries from both AIA and local society members are strongly encouraged. Students may submit essays or dissertations produced as part of their coursework.