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The North American Kant Society is accepting submissions to its 13th annual Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize competition

26 May 2023 12:08 PM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

The North American Kant Society, in cooperation with Kantian Review, is accepting submissions to its 13th annual Wilfrid Sellars Junior Essay Prize competition. This prize is awarded for the best essay on any topic that demonstrates the continuing relevance of Kant’s philosophy.

Essays must be single-authored, previously unpublished (work under review or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes and works cited/bibliography). Submissions not within this word limit may not be considered.

The intention behind the Sellars Prize is to help promote original Kantian or Kant-inspired philosophical work of junior scholars in the early stages of their careers. Submissions will be blind-reviewed and judged by members of a review committee drawn from the NAKS Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.

Eligibility rules:

1) The essay must be written in English, single-authored, and not published (online or in print) prior to June 16, 2023.

2) ‘Junior’ is defined here as 5 years or fewer from receipt of the Ph.D.  on the prize submission deadline.

3) Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission and during the period when the submissions are under review.

4) Authors cannot be past recipients of the Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize.

Entries should be submitted in Word format and state the word count at the end. They should be formatted for blind review. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that specifies the author’s name, email contact information, and title of the paper, and also includes a declaration stating that eligibility rules (1)-(4) above are satisfied.

Please submit your paper here:

The first place winner will receive a prize of $600 and the presumptive offer of publication in Kantian Review (pending editorial approval).  The second place winner will receive a prize of $500

The committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted.

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