Think Essay Prize

The Royal Institute of Philosophy is pleased to announce the inaugural essay competition for Think.

Think is our journal designed to be a fully accessible but challenging journal and the successful submission will be published alongside articles from leading philosophers from across the world.

The judging will be undertaken by Dr Stephen Law, editor of Think. Previously Reader in Philosophy at Heythrop College University of London, Stephen Law is now based at Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and researches in the philosophies of mind, language, metaphysics, and religion.

We are looking for essays of not more than 1,200 words that engage with any one of the following three themes.

  • Could a machine think?
  • Is it morally wrong to eat meat?
  • Can I know that the world I experience is real?

The winner will be published in an issue of Think, the shortlisted candidates will win a year’s free subscription to Think, and other prizes will be awarded to all those who make the longlist.

Your essay submission will be assessed for academic merit and rigour and we look forward to receiving your submission via the link here.

Please read the Rules of Entry below before completing the form.

  • Rules of Entry & Eligibility Criteria

    1. Word documents should be submitted to the Royal Institute of Philosophy (TRIP) up to and including the deadline date of midnight on Sunday 31st March 2024.  Submissions after this date will not be accepted.

    2. In order for us to consider your essay, email your Word document to

    3. Authors can be of any nationality and based anywhere in the world. They must still be in full time education, so aged 18 or below.

    4. Essays must be an original work and submitted in English, using 12 pt font, double line spaced, Calibri font or similar.

    5. The essay must not exceed 1,200 words.

    6. There is no requirement for notes or references in your submission.  If there is a particular requirement to reference a work, then please include in your title as sub text.

    7. Use one line breaks no indentations to mark new paragraphs.

    8. Multiple submissions are accepted, although only one submission per topic will be considered.  If multiple submissions for the same topic are received, the first to be submitted will be the only one considered.

    9. As part of the submission process an explanation from the author explaining why the work should be considered can be included.

    10. Whilst there will be one overall prize winner, the Royal Institute will look to create age group categories that recognise high quality entries by age range.

    11. The administration team and the judge has the final decision as to whether an essay is eligible.  No correspondence will be entered into.

    12. Should the work be accepted to the longlist those authors will be advised.  Those submissions not accepted to the longlist will not be receive any correspondence from the Royal Institute.

    13. The author accepts by submitting their essay to abide by the rules of the prize. 

    14. General enquiries about the prize should be sent to