Issue #19: Life

NP Writers’ Award XIX

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by New Philosopher on June 27, 2018

The winners of New Philosopher Writers’ Award XIX ‘Life’ are:

Winner: Australian academic and last quarter’s runner-up Phiona Stanley for On ants, life, and spinsterhood.

Runner-up: British philosopher Christina Easton for The decision to create life.

Both pieces will be published in the upcoming edition of New Philosopher, out at the end of July, and Phiona receives the $1,000 first prize.


It’s hardly surprising that the ‘Life’ award attracted a record number of entries – no matter your age, it’s impossible not to have some experience in it. For New Philosopher Writers’ Award XIX, two former winners and a former runner-up have made the shortlist, which features six entrants from Australia, two from the US, and two from the UK. The quality of entries was, once again, exceptional, which made it difficult for the judges to pick the ten finalists – many wonderful entries weren’t included only because we could only fit ten on the list.

The ten finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Dante de Blasio, writer and Yale University student (US)
  • Tim Campbell, writer and previous winner (Australia)
  • Joel Zachary Down, journalist & editor (UK)
  • Christina Easton, philosopher (UK)
  • Daniel Goldsworthy, academic (Australia)
  • Erica Greenop, poet, writer, and previous winner (Australia)
  • Anika Molesworth, 2015 Young Farmer of the Year (Australia)
  • Phiona Stanley, academic, writer, and previous runner-up (Australia)
  • Mark Sutherland, writer (Australia)
  • Margate Sympson, writer (US)

Congratulations to those who made the shortlist and thank you to everyone who entered – both for supporting the magazine via your subscription and also for taking the time and effort to craft a piece of writing. As always, we’re thrilled to have had so many entries as the aim of the award is not to produce a winner, but rather to get you thinking about and writing down your ideas on the topic. And it seems you’re thinking and writing in droves!

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