We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Marc Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy.

The Marc Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy is a biennial essay competition open to scholars who, at the time of submission deadline, are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or are students currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible and should direct inquiries to the Editors of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, c/o Peter Vallentyne (vallentynep@missouri.edu). The award for the prize-winning essay is $10,000, and winning essays will be published in Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. A condition of the award is that the author (1) present the paper at the following annual Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, and (2) commit to having the paper published in the associated Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy and to not publishing elsewhere prior to that publication. More information about the workshop can be found at http://oxfordstudies.arizona.edu/.

The first award will be in 2015. After that, the award will be made every two years. Each year, the best submission from a junior philosopher (as defined above) will be selected for presentation at the annual Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. Every two years, starting in 2017, one of the two preceding best annual papers (e.g., in 2016 and 2017 for the 2017 award) will be selected for the Marc Sanders Prize.

Submitted essays must present original research in political philosophy. Essays should be between 7,500 and 12,000 words. To be eligible for this year’s prize, submissions must be received, electronically, by March 15, 2015. Papers should be uploaded at http://oxfordstudies.arizona.edu/eform/submit/paper-submission-recent-ph-d. Be sure to tick the box identifying yourself as being a graduate student or within fifteen years of Ph.D.  Because refereeing will be blind, authors should omit all remarks and references that might disclose their identities. The winner will be determined by the three editors of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy and will be announced in June 2015.