The Alpine Fellowship is offering prizes to writers, thinkers and theatre and visual artists awarded to best work concerning the theme of the 2019 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium in Fjällnäs.

The Alpine Fellowship is a group of writers, thinkers and artists who are passionate about learning and communicating with a view to better understanding themselves and others. They value a capacity for openness – being engaged in critically reflecting on firmly held beliefs; the courage to be vulnerable – speaking from a place of lived experience; the drive for curiosity – being truly able to receive and listen to others.

They think it important to support young people today who may have become somewhat disillusioned by the reality of modern day education. They care about discovering what an alternative model of education might look like. Hence the spirit of the enterprise is necessarily open-ended, and they welcome and seek the support, contribution and presence of anyone who relates to what they care about.

The Prizes are in three categories:

Writing: Awarded for the best piece of writing on the topic of ‘Identity’ – the theme of the 2019 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium.

Visual Arts: Awarded for the best visual arts response to ‘Identity’ – the theme of the 2019 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium.

Theatre: Aimed at encouraging theatre writers at the start of their careers to explore and challenge philosophical ideas using the dramatic form.

Worth of Award

  • Writing: The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium. The winner receives £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. £3000, go to second place, £2000 to the third place.
  • Visual Arts: The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium. The winner receives £2000 and a further £1000 towards shipping and installing the winning piece.
  • Theatre: The prize will be £3000 plus a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium.


  • All prizes are open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above.
  • Writing:  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. Entries are entirely anonymous and therefore judging is unbiased.
  • Submissions open January 16th, close April 1st and will be reviewed by head judge John Burnside, as well as Katherine Rundell and Gillian Clarke.
  • A long list of 100 entries will be released on May 15th, followed by a shortlist of 25 on June 1st, and the winners on the 15th of June.
  • Visual Arts: All visual media permitted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, digital, and installation. Limited to one entry per person. Entries should include appropriate images or video and details of the work.
  • Theatre: A dialogue sample of at least 10 pages (a previous play is fine) and a brief proposal of the writer’s intended treatment of the year’s theme of ‘Identity’ (2 pages max, a single paragraph is fine).
  • The Winner will be expected to deliver a completed script by May 31st, allowing for casting and rehearsals prior to the reading in Sweden.
  • Shortlisted entries will be notified by email. Young playwright Jessica Swale will judge the submissions and direct the winning entry’s reading.

How to Apply

The application is online through their website

Deadline: Applications close on April 10, 2019


Click here for more details and to apply


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