The topic for this year’s Royal Institute of Philosophy essay prize competition is ‘Emotions’.

Each year the Royal Institute of Philosophy holds an essay prize competition.  The winner will receive £2,500 and their essay will be published in Philosophy

Previous winners include Jonas Faria Costa’s ‘On Gregariousness’ (winner of the 2021 prize), Lucy McDonald’s ‘Please Like This Paper’ and Nikhil Venkatesh’s ‘Surveillance Capitalism: a Marx-inspired Account’ (winners of the 2020 prize), Georgi Gardiner’s ‘Profiling and Proof: Are Statistics Safe?’ (2019 prize winner) and Rebecca Buxton’s ‘Reparative Justice for Climate Refugees’ (2018 prize winner).

The topic for this year’s prize is ‘Emotions’. We intend this topic to be understood very broadly, so as to include related issues in any area of philosophy and from any philosophical tradition.

The winner will receive £2,500 and their essay will be published in Philosophy. The submission deadline is 20 December 2022, 23:59 GMT. Entries will be considered by a panel of judges and the winner announced in Spring 2023.

In assessing entries priority will be given to originality, clarity of expression, breadth of interest, and potential for advancing discussion. All entries will be deemed to be submissions to Philosophy.

In exceptional circumstances, the prize may be awarded jointly, in which case the financial component will be divided. The winning entry/entries will be published in the July 2023 issue of Philosophy. Please submit entries by email to, with the subject line ‘Prize Essay’. The word-limit for the Essay Competition is 8,000 words.

Instructions for contributors can be found here:

Entries should be anonymised and suitable for blind review. (Please note that Essay Prize submissions should be sent to the email address above and should not submitted through the ScholarOne).

The essay prize competition is now closed.