Dissertation Essay Contest

The goal of American Dialectic, particularly as it is expressed in the journal that bears the name, is to bring the respective strengths of the written and spoken forms of discourse together.  This aids in the sharing and elucidating of ideas and is a great service to the intellectual community.  Because the process of intellectual development begins long before publication, American Dialectic helps to provide opportunities for further intellectual development for those promising individuals whose efforts might otherwise go unaided.  The organization seeks to recognize, support, and promote individuals (and institutions indirectly) in their efforts to continually grow and develop themselves intellectually and in such a way that the greater community of intellectuals is also served.

The Purpose of the American Dialectic Dissertation Contest is to provide visibility and support for promising new scholars in philosophy and related fields.

Requirements for Eligibility:

All applicants must meet all of the requirements for eligibility requirements as well as all of the contest rules, requirements, and deadlines.

  • Applicants must EITHER A) be enrolled in a graduate degree program at a recognized and accredited institution of higher education, and must have achieved PhD candidacy at the time of submission, OR B) be a recent graduate (within 2 years) from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Applicants must not have a criminal record of any kind.
  • Applicants must not be in a state of formal bankruptcy.
  • Applicants must not have been dismissed from any institution of higher education.
  • All applicants must submit a completed application form along with all required materials by or before the contest deadline.
  • Any applicant who does not meet a specific requirement, but who believes that his or her case constitutes a legitimate ground for exception should make the case clear in writing and submit this document along with the other required materials.

Contest Instructions:

To be considered for the American Dialectic Dissertation Contest, all applicants must complete and submit the following:

  • Contest Application Form: Application PDF
  • EITHER: A) a roughly 25-30 double-spaced page portion/chapter of the dissertation, OR B) a roughly 25-30 double-spaced essay directly based on the dissertation in total.


  • Submissions should conform to the most recent Chicago Manual of Style guidelines.
  • The contestant’s submission must NOT have been published prior to submission.
  • All submissions should be prepared for blind review.
  • All contest materials must be received no later than December 31st, 2014.

The winning contestant will receive $500, and their submission will be published in American Dialectic following the contestant’s graduation (issue will depend on the conferral of the PhD).

Please send all contest materials to:



American Dialectic Journal of Philosophy
Dissertation Contest Selection Committee
2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 279
Washington, DC 20006

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