Past Winners
Year Winner(s) Establishment Essay Title Adjudicator
1988 David Webb Lancaster University Pageants Truly Play’d: Self-dramatization in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and Edward II Discussed in Relation to Shakespearian Melodrama Stanley Wells
1989 Dr. Kurt Tetzeli von Rosador Munster University, Germany Shakespeare and his Contemporaries: Essays in Comparison Stanley Wells or
Ernst Honigman*
1990 Prof. Lawrence Danson Princeton University, USA Continuity and Character in Marlowe and Shakespeare Stanley Wells or
Ernst Honigman*
  Dr. R. Dutton Lancaster University Marlowe: Censorship and Construction  
1991 Professor Thomas Cartelli Muhlenberg College, USA Marlowe, Shakespeare, and the Economy of Theatrical Experience Stanley Wells or
Ernst Honigman*
1992 Prize not awarded     Stanley Wells or
Ernst Honigman*
1993 Dr. David Pascoe Oriel College, Oxford “To Possess His Books”: Ovid, Marlowe, and Shakespeare’s Last Plays Stanley Wells or
Ernst Honigman*
1994 Dr. Lisa Hopkins Sheffield Hallam University “Lear, Lear, Lear”: Marlowe, Shakespeare and the Third Stanley Wells or
Ernst Honigman*
  Prof. James Shapiro Columbia University, NY The Stranger in Marlowe and Shakespeare  
1995 Prof. Jonathan Bate University of Liverpool Marlowe’s Ghost T.W.Craik
1996 Dr. Ruth Lunney University of Newcastle, Australia Not ‘Shakespearean’ but ‘Debatable’: Rewriting the Narrative of Dramatic Character T.W.Craik
1997 Jill Farringdon University of Swansea Attributing Marlowe and Shakespeare Darryll Grantley
1998 Prof. David Riggs Stanford University The Killing of Christopher Marlowe Darryll Grantley
1999 Prof. Kent Cartwright University of Maryland Bearing Witness to Tamburlaine Darryll Grantley
2000 Prize not awarded     Jonathan Bate
2001 Prof. Michael Hattaway MA PhD University of Sheffield Myths of Empire, State and Nation in Marlovian and Shakespearian Texts Jonathan Bate
  Michael Rubbo The Helpful Eye, NSW Much Ado About Something
(video documentary)
2002 Dr. Peter R. Roberts University of Kent ‘View but his picture in this tragic glass’: Marlowe’s Image and Identity Jonathan Bate
  Lukas Erne Geneva University Biography, Mythography, and Criticism: the Life and Works of Marlowe  
2003 Prof. A.L. Goldberger MD
Albert C.C. Yang MD
C.K. Peng PhD
Harvard Medical School The Marlowe-Shakespeare Authorship Debate: Approaching an Old Problem with New Methods Jonathan Bate
2004 Prize not awarded     Unknown
2005 Prof. Tom Bishop University of Auckland
University of Case Western Reserve, Ohio
The Shadow of Your Sorrow: Marlowe’s Presence in Shakespeare’s Richard II Unknown
2006 Dr. Martin Wiggins The Shakespeare Institute,
University of Birmingham
When did Marlowe Write Dido, Queen of Carthage? Park Honan
2007 Peter Farey MA   Hoffman and the Authorship Park Honan
  Timothy D. Crowley University of Maryland Arms and the Boy: Aeneas & the Parody of Imitation in Dido, Queen of Carthage  
2008 Dr David Mateer Open University New Sightings of Marlowe in London Park Honan
  Dr Goran Stanivukovic University of Sheffield Remember Me: Marlowe and the Pleasure of Influence in Shakespeare  
2009 Dr. Andrew Duxfield Sheffield Hallam University Individual and Multitude in The Jew of Malta Park Honan
2010 Dominic Cleary   The Senseless Lure: Lines of Debt and Detail from Marlowe to Shakespeare Park Honan
  Donna N. Murphy   Christopher Marlowe and the Authorship of Early English Anonymous Plays  
2011 Ros Barber   The Marlowe Papers Park Honan
  Dominic Cleary   Mirrors in a Maze: Shakespeare and Marlowe  
  Neal Fox
Omran Ehmoda
Eugene Charniak
Brown University, Rhode Island Statistical Stylometrics and the Marlowe-Shakespeare Authorship  
2012 Peter Farey MA   Arbella Stuart and Christopher Marlowe Park Honan
  Dr Peter R. Roberts University of Kent Christopher Marlowe at Cambridge, 1580-1587: Presences and Absences  
2013 Kirk Melnikoff University of North Carolina Flaskett and Linley’s Tragedy of Dido Queen of Carthage Park Honan
  Dr Robert Sawyer East Tennessee State University Recent Reckonings: Marlowe, Shakespeare and 21st Century Terrorism  
2014 Dr Ros Barber Goldsmiths, University of London “Shortly he will quite forget to go”: Marlowe and the Faustus Epigrams Alison Shell
  Professor Laurie Maguire & Dr Emma Smith University of Oxford What is a Source? Or, How Shakespeare Read his Marlowe  
2015 Professor Matthew Steggle Sheffield Hallam University Marlowe’s Lost Play: “The Maiden’s Holiday” and the Early Reception of “Come Live With Me Alison Shell
2016 Asst Prof Claire M. L. Bourne Penn State University Making a Scene: Or, Tamburlaine the Great in Print Alison Shell
2017 Dr Peter R. Roberts University of Kent Christopher Marlowe, the Dutch Church Libel and the ‘Anti-Alien Riot’ of May 1593 in Theatre History and the Documentary Record  
2017 Assistant Prof Lucy Porter   From forth Troy’s ashes”: Ekphrastic catharsis and alius Achilles in Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage  
2018 Professor Lukas Erne University of Geneva Disintegrating Marlowe  
2018 Dr Rosalind Barber Goldsmiths College Big Data, Little Certainty: Shakespeare, Marlowe and Henry VI  
2018 Dr Rory Loughnane University of Kent Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Traces of Authorship  
  • *Note on early Adjudicators: We believe that both Stanley Wells and Ernst Honigman separately acted as adjudicator in some of the years between 1988 and 1994, but not which of these adjudicated in which year. Please contact the Editor if you are able to help us on these details.