by Helen De Cruz
Our Philosophy Through Fiction contest had 704 submissions, more than 10 times the number we expected. A dedicated team of readers at Sci Phi Journal checked the stories for basic quality, and our panel of judges – Eric Schwitzgebel, Meghan Sullivan, and Mark Silcox – judged among the remaining stories. We are very pleased to announce the winner.
The Philosophy Through Fiction prize will be awarded to Lisa Schoenberg, professor of philosophy at Cheyney University, Pennsylvania for her story “Adjoiners”. This well-paced, immersive story considers the question of whether you can commit a crime against yourself.
The judges also decided to give an honorable mention to “Morality tale” by John Holbo, associate professor of philosophy at National University of Singapore. This story asks what it would mean for something we would normally consider morally terrible to be good—and what it means for stories that recount such a situation.
Both stories will be published in the June issue of Sci Phi Journal.
This competition was organized by Helen De Cruz (senior lecturer in philosophy at Oxford Brookes University), and funded by the American Philosophical Association’s Berry Fund for Public Philosophy. We are grateful for the grant that made this possible, and we thank everyone who has participated in this competition and the judges.