CFP: Philosophical Explorations Essay Prize 2016

The journal Philosophical Explorations has inaugurated an annual essay prize for philosophers in the early stages of their career. Papers are invited on all aspects of the philosophy of mind and action. They should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known.

The Prize

Publication of the winning essay in Philosophical Explorations. The winning essay will be promoted on the website of the journal where it will be freely available. Cash prize of £250.

To read the articles which have previously won the Philosophy of Mind and Action Essay Prize, please click here.


All submitted papers that qualify (see conditions) will be evaluated by the journal’s editorial board. The top 5 papers will be nominated for the Prize and will be judged by a jury consisting of three members of the journal’s advisory board. The jury will evaluate the papers on the originality of the paper, the quality of the argumentation, conceptual clarity, and overall readability. The decision of the jury will be final.

There is only one prize per year and the jury reserves the right to award no prize at all if submitted material is not of an appropriate standard.


Philosophers who have earned their doctorate no more than five years prior to submission are invited to submit (The winner will be required to document that this is the case). Papers should be on the topic of the journal, i.e. the philosophy of mind and action broadly understood (see general rules regarding submissions for Philosophical Explorations in the journal or on our website:

Word limit: 3000-9000 words, including notes and references.

Closing date for submissions: September 1, 2016

Papers must be submitted on Please indicate clearly that you wish to have the paper considered for the Essay Prize, by selecting as Manuscript Type: Essay Prize submission.

Make sure that the essay is modified for blind review, and that it has an abstract. A separate sheet with information about the university where you earned your doctorate, the date it was (or will be) awarded, and current mailing address is required. Please upload your (blinded) essay as a main file type, and the doctorate information as a supplemental file.

For more information about the prize, please contact the assistant editor of the journal, Marjolein Lanzing at


  1. Olle

    Surely, the winning paper cannot be published as the opening article in the September 2016 issue if the closing date for submissions is September 1, 2016.

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