The Department of Philosophy at Illinois State University invites submissions for our annual essay award for the best essay on any philosophical topic by an Illinois State philosophy major.

Papers written by philosophy majors for Illinois State philosophy courses are eligible. Essays can be of any length.

The winner will receive a prize of $500 and be recognized at the department awards banquet in spring 2022.

To submit your work, please email a digital copy by March 14, 2022, to

For more information, contact the department’s academic advisor, Dr. Derek O’Connell, or any philosophy professor.