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CFP: NAKS Wilfrid Sellars Junior Scholar Essay Prize

17 Mar 2023 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Submission deadline:May 26, 2023


The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the 13th annual Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize competition. This prize will be 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 Essays must be single-authored, previously unpublished (work under review or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes and works cited/bibliography).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 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 May 26, 2022.

2) ‘Junior’ is defined here as 5 years or fewer from receipt of the Ph.D. (or highest degree

earned) 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 send entries electronically in this form.


The 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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