The New Philosopher Writers' Award is open for submissions (note that you must be a subscriber to New Philosopher or Womankind magazine to enter, you can subscribe to New Philosopher here or to Womankind here). Submissions for each award must be based around the theme for that award.


Theme: Being human, the Anthropocene, empathy, good/evil

Word length: Up to 1,500 words

Form: fiction or non-fiction.

Closes: Midnight May 31st 2019 (EST)



Theme: Time, life, death, relativity

Word length: Up to 1,500 words

Form: fiction or non-fiction.

Closed: Midnight 28th February 2019 (EST)

Winner: Ian Rose, writer for The Age, SMH & SBS

Runner-up: Barbara Ellen Hannan, philosophy professor at the University of New Mexico

Shortlist: As well as the two winners mentioned above, the finalists, in alphabetical order, were:

- Tim Campbell, writer and former NP Writers’ Award winner

- Andrew Carter, ecologist with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

- Nikolai Drahos, senior economist & visiting research fellow at Oxford University

- Wolfgang Gilliar, Dean and professor at Touro University

- Jing Jing Liu, PhD student in anthropology at the University of Toronto

- Siobhan Lyons, media scholar at Macquarie University and former NP Writers’ Award winner

- Warren Ward, psychiatrist, writer, and former NP Writers’ Award winner

- Ann Webster-Wright, academic researcher


Entry: You must be a subscriber to enter (you can subscribe here).

Open Award: $1,000 + publication in the subsequent issue of New Philosopher magazine.

Runners-up: Publication on

Entries are open to annual subscribers of New Philosopher magazine or Womankind magazine, to subscribe now to New Philosopher click here, or to Womankind click here.

Submissions must be sent along with the writer's full name in a text file (Word, text edit or Note Pad) via email by midnight on the closing date to You can submit one entry per award.

Entries are open to annual subscribers to New Philosopher magazine at the closing date. Entries must be under 1,500 words and must be submitted by the due date for the relevant award listed above. All entrants grant New Philosopher non-exclusive rights (the writer retains copyright over the work) to publish the selected work in New Philosopher magazine and/or The winning entry/entries will be selected by the New Philosopher editorial board based on the quality of writing and the strength of  the ideas presented in the work. If there are insufficient entries or if the board is unable to determine a winner in any category the board may decide not to award a prize. All decisions are final, no correspondence will be entered into.