The Marc Sanders Foundation, which already sponsors a number of philosophy prizes, has agreed to sponsor an award for public philosophy: $4500 and publication of the winning essay in Philosophers’ Imprint. Four runners-up will receive honorable mentions. The award committee is chaired by Susan Wolf, and includes Thomas Hofweber, Barry Maguire, and Patricia O’Toole. Professor Maguire writes in with more information:
The prize is for long-form essays (minimum 3,000 words, maximum 10,000) with significant philosophical content or method written by someone with significant philosophical training primarily for an audience of non-academics. Essays on topics outside practical philosophy are especially encouraged, since they are more scarce. There is no restriction to career stage.
It is hoped that this prize will encourage more production of excellent long form public philosophy. Everyone should submit something! The first deadline will be some time in December 2016. More details will follow soon.