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: Space

Word length: Up to 1,500 words

Form: fiction or non-fiction.

Closes: 11.59pm June 30 2021 (EST)


Theme: Energy, power, sleep, pollution

Word length: Up to 1,500 words

Form: fiction or non-fiction.

Closes: 11.59pm September 20 2021 (EST)



Theme: Perception, illusions

Word length: Up to 1,500 words

Form: fiction or non-fiction.

Closed: 11.59pm March 20 2021 (EST)

Winner: Magdalena Kersting, physicist, Norway, for The interplay between nature and ourselves.

Runner-up: Mark Bessoudo, writer/researcher, Canada/UK, for Smells like dispirit.


  • Mark Bessoudo, writer/researcher, Canada/UK
    Katherine Kassouf Cummings, editor, USA
    Elizabeth Denley, editor, Australia
    Joel Down, writer, Spain
    Magdalena Kersting, physicist, Norway
    Malina McLennan, writer, UK
    Chin Wei Ong, research scientist, UK
    Ben Reeves, teacher, Australia
    Josephine Tan, writer, Singapore
    Min Wah Voon, researcher/writer, Australia



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

Runners-up: Publication on

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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. We are unable to provide individual feedback on entries. All decisions are final, no correspondence will be entered into.