Prizes

Every year writing, visual arts, and theatre prizes are awarded to the best works concerning the years’ theme.

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Writing

Applications open: December 15, 2018

Applications close: April 1, 2019

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the topic of ‘Identity’ – the theme of the 2019 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium. Winner receives £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. £3000 go to the second place, £2000 to the third place.

Rules: 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. Entries are entirely anonymous and therefore judging is unbiased. Highly experienced readers assist the judges in selecting the longlist and shortlist. Shortlisted entries will be notified by email. Judges have final decision and no correspondence is permitted.

‘I’m interested in writing that combines imagination and craft to create something that need not be highly ‘polished’, but which shows an artisan’s humility alongside that spontaneous engagement with the work of making that rests securely upon the awareness of what Ezra Pound called ‘a live tradition’ – not as a set of limits, but as an invitation to explore, to make new and, most of all, to extend the musical possibilities of language.’ John Burnside.

 
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Visual Arts

Applications open: December 15, 2018

Applications close: April 1, 2019

Awarded for the best visual arts response to ‘Identity’ – the theme of the 2019 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium. Winner receives £2000 and a further £1000 towards shipping and installing the winning piece.

Rules: Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. 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. Shortlisted entries will be notified by email. Judges have final decision and no correspondence is permitted.

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Theatre

Applications open: December 15, 2018

Applications close: April 1, 2019

Aimed at encouraging theatre writers at the start of their careers to explore and challenge philosophical ideas using the dramatic form. The prize will be £3000 plus a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium.

Rules: 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 Prize is open to anyone above 18 years of age.

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.