The Alpine Fellowship; organizers of the Alpine Fellowship Academic Writing Prize 2020, are a group of writers, thinkers, and artists who are passionate about learning and communicating with a view to better understanding themselves and others. They value a capacity for openness – being engaged in critically reflecting on firmly held beliefs; the courage to be vulnerable – speaking from a place of lived experience; the drive for curiosity – being truly able to receive and listen to others.

“We think it important to support young people today who may have become somewhat disillusioned by the reality of modern-day education. We care about discovering what an alternative model of education might look like. Hence the spirit of the enterprise is necessarily open-ended, and we welcome and seek the support, contribution, and presence of anyone who relates to what we care about.”


Awarded for the best piece of academic writing on the theme of the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium: Forgiveness and Retribution.


  • Open to all nationalities.
  • Entrants to the competition must be aged 18 and above.


The Alpine Fellowship


The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the symposium. Winner receives £3,000 cash prize and is invited to attend the symposium. Runners-up are invited to attend the symposium and offered reimbursement of travel expenses up to £500.


1st April 2020


  • A maximum of 4000 words per entry.
  • Academic writing is to be construed broadly, by way of contrast with creative writing, as writing that a) advances and defends an argument on the question and/or that b) makes a systematic and appreciable contribution to knowledge in academic disciplines, concerning the topic of the symposium.
  • Work from different disciplinary (or interdisciplinary) approaches including, but not limited to, philosophy, history, sociology, literary studies, political theory, biology, anthropology, and psychology will be considered.
  • A prime consideration will be the ability of the piece to speak in an engaging way to a general intellectual audience.
  • Limited to one entry per person, and one may not submit the same piece for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize.
  • Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time. Entries are judged anonymously.

Timeline for the Alpine Fellowship Academic Writing Prize 2020

Applications open: 1st January 2020
Applications close: 1st April 2020
Longlist (top 100 entries) announced: 15th May 2020*
Shortlist (top 30 entries) announced: 1st June 2020*
Winners announced: 15th June 2020*

*Please note: as the Academic Writing Prize is new for 2020, we have not specified the exact number of entries that will be on the longlist or the shortlist, this information may be made available shortly after submissions close. We reserve the right to change the date of the shortlist and winners announcement if required for any reason.


For More Information and to enter the competition: Visit the Official Webpage of the Alpine Fellowship Academic Writing Prize 2020