THE ESSAY PRIZE IS A BIENNIAL COMPETITION. Details of next year's prize will be announced in due course. The 2012 details below are for information only.
British Society of Aesthetics 2012 Essay Prize
The British Society of Aesthetics is running an essay prize competition, open to early-career researchers in aesthetics. The winning author will receive £750 and an opportunity to present the paper at the Society’s annual conference. The winning essay will normally be published in the British Journal of Aesthetics.
The regulations for the competition are as follows:
The aim of the prize is to encourage and reward new talent in the field of aesthetics.
The amount of the Prize is £750.
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2012.
The Prize is intended to foster the development of the field of aesthetics. The competition is open to early career researchers, including current postgraduate students and those who have received a PhD within the last three years. Persons in doubt about their qualifications are encouraged to consult the Administrator of the British Society of Aesthetics in advance. Entrants must include with their entry a statement indicating how they qualify. Entry is not limited to members of the BSA nor to residents of the United Kingdom.
v) Essay Content and Length.
The essay may be on any topic in aesthetics or the philosophy of art. The essay should be a maximum of 7,500 words (about 25 double-spaced typed pages) inclusive of footnotes and bibliography.
The panel of judges will comprise members of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Aesthetics and the Editors of the British Journal of Aesthetics. The winning essay will normally be published in the British Journal of Aesthetics, and it is a condition of entry to the Prize competition that the essay has not been (and will not be until the result of the competition are announced) submitted for publication elsewhere. If, in the opinion of the judges, no essay that merits publication in the BJA is submitted, the prize will not be awarded. The decision of the judges is final. The prize will be presented at the 2012 BSA annual conference
The winning author will have the opportunity to read the paper at the 2012 annual conference of the Society. If the author is an enrolled student, they will be automatically eligible for a BSA postgraduate conference subsidy. The winner's name will be announced in the British Journal of Aesthetics.
viii) Submission Requirements.
Submissions should be clearly identified as entries for the BSA Essay Prize and be sent electronically to the Administrator of the BSA, Caroline Auty, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries should be in English, and should not exceed 7,500 words in length (including footnotes and bibliography). Each entry must be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 150 words. Entries that are too long or without an abstract will not be considered. Essays should be prepared for blind review and should follow guidelines for submissions to the British Journal of Aesthetics. Each entry should contain a separate title page giving the name, institution and address of the author. Candidates should supply evidence that they are eligible for the prize. Essays will not be considered for the prize if they are currently under consideration by another journal or competition. No non-winning essay will be considered for publication in the BJA unless it has been separately submitted to that journal. The winning author will have a chance to revise the paper for publication after the annual conference.
2010 - James Grant (University of Oxford) for his essay, "Metaphor and Criticism"
2008 - Andrew Kania (Trinity University, San Antonio) for his essay, “Fundamental Musical Ontology; Methodology and a New Proposal”.
2012 - Lee Walters (University of Oxford) for his essay, "Repeatable Artworks as