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Birkbeck Philosophy Prize Essay Competition

Essay competition question:

Is morality relative?


  • Winner: Sonya Verkhoturova, Sevenoaks School
  • High Commendation: Hal Pilkington, Sponne School; Christian Wilkinson, Whitgift School
  • Commendation – Elliott Howell, The Perse School; Arun Prabhakar, Wilson’s School; Henry Rayner, The Portsmouth Grammar School; Laurence Stobart, Charters School, Sunningdale



  • Entrants must be on a course of AS study at a UK institution.
  • Essays must be no longer than 2,500 words.
  • Essays must be submitted electronically (in Word, RTF or PDF) to Emails must include:
    • Your name
    • The name of your school or college
    • A declaration that the essay is entirely your own work
    • Please direct any further questions to

Deadline: 12 noon on 1st September 2017

Results announced: 18th September 2017