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Undergraduate Public Philosophy Writing Contest

Thursday, September 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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The Blog of the American Philosophical Association is holding a public philosophy writing contest for undergraduate philosophy students, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Hi-Phi Nation podcast. The winner of the contest will receive a prize of $500, APA membership for one year, and publication on the APA Blog. The runner-up will receive a prize of $100 and publication on the APA Blog. Other runners-up will also be considered for publication on the APA Blog.

To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student and majoring or minoring in philosophy. We will only consider previously unpublished essays between 800 and 1,500 words in English, and one submission per author. The essays should be engaging, original, with significant philosophical content and/or methods, and written for a public (not academic) audience. The types of pieces we are looking for would be similar to articles published with Aeon, The Institute of Art and Ideas, New Philosopher magazine, or The Stone column in The New York Times.

The winning entry will be determined by the Award Committee (see below) and the APA Blog Editorial Board. All authors will be notified of the outcome of the competition. The cash prizes are made possible thanks to John Kaag at University of Massachusetts Lowell and Barry Lam’s Hi-Phi Nation podcast.

Award Committee

The Award Committee includes Myisha Cherry, Skye C. Cleary, Lewis Gordon, David V. Johnson, John Kaag, Barry Lam, Massimo Pigliucci, Jason Stanley, and Adriel Trott.


The deadline to submit an essay for this award is December 20, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST.


Please submit the following: (1) your essay in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format; and (2) a statement from a faculty advisor verifying that you are an undergraduate philosophy major or minor. Refereeing will be anonymous; authors should omit all remarks and references within their essay (but not the faculty statement) that might disclose their identities. Attach both documents to your email, include your essay title in the subject line, and send it to

All inquiries should be sent to Asia Forcucci at

We would very much appreciate it if you could share this announcement with your undergraduate students.

Very best,

Skye C. Cleary
Lead Editor, Blog of the APA

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