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Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium: Forgiveness and Retribution. 

The winner receives £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000  the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.


  • Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. 
  • All genres permitted. 
  • A maximum of 2500 words per entry. 
  • Limited to one entry per person. 
  • Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time (including the Alpine Fellowship Academic Writing Prize). 
  • No correspondence can be entered into after final deadline.
  • Judging is anonymous, so please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on the files you submit.

Key dates:

Applications open: 1st January 2020
Applications close: 1st April 2020
Longlist (top 100 entries) announced: 15th May 2020*
Shortlist (top 30 entries) announced: 1st June 2020*
Winners announced: 15th June 2020*

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*Please note: we reserve the right to change the date of the longlist, shortlist and winners announcement if required.

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