Alpine Fellowship Writing Competition 2020 -
Alpine Fellowship Writing Competition 2020 –

The Alpine Fellowship; organizers of the Alpine Fellowship Writing Competition 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 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 receives a £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000 to the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.


1st April 2020


All genres permitted.

A maximum of 2500 words per entry.

Limited to one entry per person.

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 (including the AF Academic Writing Prize).

All entries are judged anonymously and no correspondence can be entered into.

Timeline for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Competition 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 that the organizer reserves the right to change the date of the longlist, shortlist and winners announcement if required.


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