The British Society of Aesthetics is running an essay prize competition, open to early-career researchers in aesthetics. The aim of the prize is to encourage and reward new talent in the field of aesthetics. The winning author will receive £750 and an opportunity to present the paper at the Society’s 2012 annual conference. The winning essay will normally be published in the British Journal of Aesthetics.


The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2012.


The competition is open to early career researchers, including postgraduate students, who are within three years of receiving a PhD. Persons in doubt about their qualifications are encouraged to consult the Administrator of the British Society of Aesthetics in advance. Entry is not limited to members of the BSA nor to residents of the United Kingdom.

Essay Content and Length

The essay may be on any topic in aesthetics or the philosophy of art. The maximum length is 7,500 words (including footnotes).


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. 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.

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 (admin AT 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 must supply evidence that they are eligible for the prize. 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.

Further Information

For more information about the prize and full submission requirements see the BSA website.