Essay Contest: Due April 29th

posted Mar 31, 2011, 1:46 PM by Ben Henke   [ updated Apr 28, 2011, 1:42 PM by Katrina Pritchard ]

It is now time for the Annual
Fred and Virginia Merrill
Essay Competition

You may submit papers in any area of philosophy, including, but not limited to the following:
Aesthetics, Applied Ethics, Epistemology, Ethics, History of Philosophy (any period or
tradition), Metaphysics, Philosophy and Gender, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Law,
Philosophy of Logic or Mathematics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of
Religion, Philosophy of Science, and Social and Political Philosophy.

In recent years, most submissions have been based on papers written for philosophy classes,
but other papers of philosophical relevance are certainly accepted. Successful papers have been
edited to appeal to a general audience, not left as unedited class assignments.

There are two categories, the Short Essay and the Long Essay. Short essays should be no more
than 9 pages, including references. Long essays should be no more than 20 pages, including
references. In both cases, a separate page (not counting towards the total number of words)
containing name and essay title should be added along with your email and a phone number.
Your name should NOT appear in the body of the paper, footnotes or references.

Submit papers to the philosophy Department, 201 Dickens Hall. One finalist and one winner
will be selected for each category. Winners will be given the opportunity to read their papers
in a public ceremony near the start of the Fall Semester. Please direct questions to Amy Lara at

Prizes: First place winners receive 150$ (as a scholarship). The finalists receive 75$ (as a

Eligibility: The contest is open to current KSU undergraduates with no prior undergraduate
degrees. You may submit one paper for each category.

Deadline: April 22nd, 2011 (to qualify, papers must be received at the Philosophy
Department no later than 5 pm on that day).