Submit to Dialexicon

Thank you for your papers! The 2020 Fall Dialexicon Journal received 85 submissions from 12 countries: Canada, Greece, US, Mexico, Hungary, UK, Indonesia, Slovenia, Turkey, Thailand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia. The winner and those published will be announced in December.

Announcing the Winner and Published Authors of the Dialexicon Fall 2020 Journal.

Congratulations to Julia Wright, who is our 2020 winner and recipient of the $500 prize, with her paper titled "The Animal Rights Movement in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic"

Published Authors - Featured in the Dialexicon Fall 2020 Journal

Kiki Ajayi (England) - "Does Violence have a place in Politics?"

Dimitrios Kouvaras (Greece) - "COVID-19: A Lesson of Freedom and Citizenship"

Sophie Nadalini (Canada) - "A Call for Nonviolent Protest"

Daniel Xu (USA) - "The Rebel in Black: A Black Existentialist Approach to the George Floyd Protests"

Emma Miléna Mészáros (Hungary) - "How Viktor Orban's Hungary is heading towards dictatorship during COVID-19"

Honorable Mentions:

Charles Amsellem (England)

Benjamin Allen (Hungary)

Aarian Bhakoo (Canada)

Eva Kamimura (Canada)

Thank you all for your submissions! This year's papers were of especially high quality, and our adjudicators had a difficult time selecting the top papers to publish in the journal. If you were unsuccessful in publication, we encourage you to submit again to the upcoming Spring volume.

We will be publishing the full version of the journal in January. In addition, both the winning articles and Honorable Mentions will be available on our website for all to read in the coming weeks.

What is the Dialexicon journal?

Dialexicon is a journal aimed at fostering philosophical thinking and writing among high school students. Submitted papers undergo a multi-round review process, during which an adjudication panel consisting of philosophy faculty, graduate students, and international debate coaches will evaluate papers and determine the select few worthy of publication.  

Students whose papers are published receive:  


  • An official publication for university applications and academic resumés   

  • A feature on the University of Toronto Philosophy Department's homepage

  • An interview with Dialexicon to expand on their paper and discuss current affairs  

  • The top submission receives $500 CAD, funded by the University of Toronto

Introducing the Fall 2020 Dialexicon Journal

2020 has been an unprecedented year. From the killing of George Floyd to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the breaking news never seems to end. The Fall 2020 volume of Dialexicon invites youth to write an argumentative essay which considers current events from a philosophical perspective.

Below are the prompts for the 2020 Dialexicon Journal, to be published in December. Your submission should respond to one of the following topics. Click on each heading to view the full prompt. For further questions or concerns, refer to the FAQs section at the bottom of the page.

Prompt 1: COVID-19 and Political Philosophy

Prompt 2: The Ethics of Cancel Culture

Prompt 3: Violent Protests and Justice

Prompt 4: Take a philosophical stance on any real-world issue or event of your choice.

The submissions deadline is November 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Late submissions will not be accepted. It is possible that we will close the deadline for submissions prior to November 1 if we receive more submissions than we can evaluate. Because of this, we encourage you to avoid submitting your paper in the last week leading up to the deadline; early submissions are welcome.

How do I write a strong paper for Dialexicon?

To assist you in writing a strong submission, you may want to consult the following resources:

Dialexicon Rubric

Guide to Writing a Strong Philosophy Essay

How do I submit?

Email your submission to dialexiconjournal@gmail.com with the subject title "Dialexicon Submission". Please attach your essay as a PDF. For the purposes of a blind review process, do not include your personal information in the essay document. Along with your essay, please download our submission form and fill it out electronically using PDF Escape. Alternatively, you can print it out, complete it by hand, and scan the paper. Attach it to your email along with your submission.

Your submission should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Be between 900 and 1200 words

  • 12 pt Times New Roman font

  • Your essay should have an original title

  • Include in-text citations and reference in any reputable style (i.e. APA, Chicago)

  • Any form of plagiarism or ghostwriting is not tolerated. However, Dialexicon gladly accepts essays that have been submitted for a school assignment or an essay competition.

Frequently asked questions

Who can submit to Dialexicon?

High school students from around the world are eligible to submit to Dialexicon for an opportunity to have their philosophical essay published in a professionally adjudicated journal.

Who will be adjudicating my submission?

A panel of university philosophy faculty, graduate students, and international debate coaches will be adjudicating your submission to determine if it fulfills the criteria for acceptance into the journal. For the criteria, refer to the rubric.

How does the submission process work?

We use a blind review process, meaning we do not consider personal information such as your name, school, or age when reviewing your submission. Your essay will undergo multiple rounds of review, and be evaluated by at least 4 different adjudicators. The top 10 submissions will be evaluated by 3 esteemed university faculty to select those accepted for publication and the overall winner, and feedback will be provided to each author.

Do I have to answer all of the questions in each prompt?

No. The questions serve as pointers to help you consider the philosophical implications of each topic, but you do not need to answer all of them. Feel free to create your own question so long as it is relevant to the prompt.

Can I use the first person?

Of course. Philosophers often use the first person when mapping out their argument.

Can I use contractions?

We prefer that you do not use contractions. The essay should be formal. If you are using contractions to cut down on word count, try to make your essay more concise elsewhere.

When will I be notified about the results?

We will notify those who are selected for the journal in early December.