Russ Shafer-Landau

The Sanders Prize in Metaethics is administered by Russ Shafer-Landau, Professor of Philosophy at UNC (Chapel Hill), Director of the Parr Center for Ethics, and editor of Oxford Studies in Metaethics.

Submissions closed on March 1st, 2016


 Current Competition Details

The Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics is an annual essay competition open to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible, and should direct inquiries to the Editor of Oxford Studies in Metaethics Russ Shafer-Landau, at The award for the prizewinning essay is $10,000, and winning essays will be published in Oxford Studies in Metaethics. The recipient of the award will be expected to present his or her paper at the 2nd Annual Chapel Hill  Metaethics Workshop to be held on Sept 9-11th, 2016, at UNC Chapel Hill. More information about the Workshop can be found at

Submitted essays must present original research in metaethics. Essays should be between 7,500 and 12,000 words. Since winning essays will appear in Oxford Studies in Metaethics, submissions must not be under review elsewhere. To be eligible for next year’s prize, submissions must be received, electronically, by March 1st 2016. Refereeing will be blind; authors should omit all remarks and references that might disclose their identities. When submitting the paper to the Editor, please include the paper title in the Subject line. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. The winner will be determined by a committee of members of the Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Metaethics and will be announced in early June 2016.

Inquiries should be directed to the Editor, Russ Shafer-Landau, at