CFP: The North American Kant Society Wilfrid Sellars Junior Scholar Essay Prize

Submission deadline: May 31, 2024

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The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the 14th 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 Essays must be single-authored, previously unpublished (work under review or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes and works cited/bibliography).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.

Submission deadline: May 31, 2024 

For more information and the submission form, click here.

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 April 1, 2024. 

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.  

The Kantian Review has joined hands with NAKS to enhance our annual Wilfrid Sellars Junior Essay Prize. This year, we will award a $600 prize. Additionally, the prize winner will have the presumptive offer of publication in Kantian Review (assuming approval by the editor). The committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted.

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