BSHP Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

About the Graduate Student Essay Prize

The BSHP Graduate Student Essay Prize of £1000 is awarded annually to the writer of an essay that makes a significant contribution to the history of philosophy. In exceptional cases, more than one essay may be jointly awarded the Prize, and the prize money divided between them. The competition is open to postgraduate students who are in full- or part-time education for at least six months in the year prior to the deadline for submission. Where the winning entry is deemed of sufficient quality and significance, it may also be considered for publication in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. The winner is chosen by a subcommittee of the BSHP Management Committee, which may request opinion from external experts on the entries. The Prize winner is announced at the BSHP annual spring conference.

How to Enter the Competition

  • Submissions open on 1st October and close at midnight on 30th November.
  • Entry is open to students of any nationality registered at any university in any country, studying any subject. Entrants do not need to be members of the BSHP.
  • Essays may be on any aspect of the history of philosophy.
  • Essays that have been published or accepted for publication will not be considered. Essays that have been submitted to journals, but not yet accepted for publication, will be considered.
  • Entries should be in English, and should not exceed 10,000 words in length (including footnotes, bibliography, and abstract).
  • Each entry must be accompanied by an abstract of around 300 words. Entries that are too long or without an abstract will not be considered.
  • Each entry should be prepared for blind refereeing: there should be no reference to the author, either by name or department. Any references to the author’s own work, for example, should be given in such a form as not to identify the author.
  • Entries must be made through the submissions portal for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy: . In your covering letter, state that your entry is a submission for the Graduate Student Essay Prize and provide your name, institution, address, and statement of your postgraduate student status (including details of the university where you are registered and the name(s) of your supervisor(s).
  • Please note that a submission to the essay prize does not constitute or entail a submission to the journal.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Lord: Please do not submit your essay to this email address.

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