BMA presidential essay prize

A one-off essay competition aimed at solutions-driven writing on the topic of justice and fairness in medical practice and policy.

Location: UK
Published: Thursday 5 December 2019
Deadline extension

Due to COVID-19, the deadline for submission of full essays from shortlisted authors (stage 2 of the competition) has been extended to 30 June 2020, 5pm GMT. The winner will be notified by 14 August 2020.


The essay prize is part of BMA President Raanan Gillon’s ‘fairness project’ and aims to help advance discussion in this important area of medical ethics.

Your original essay should:

  • use ethical reasoning and theory
  • address a contemporary, practical problem in medicine
  • provide a solution that is based on a well-argued case for fairness and justice.


About the competition

We invite entrants to submit a 500 word abstract for an essay that tackles challenging, practical, contemporary problems in healthcare that have justice and fairness at their core.

Authors of the best shortlisted abstracts will be invited to submit full essays with a maximum length of 5000 words.

The winning essay will receive £4,000 and will be published by the BMA. Those shortlisted will receive £100 each.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 January 2020.


How to enter

Download and read the competition guidelines and terms and conditions before you write your submission.

Entries that do not adhere to the competition rules set out in the guidelines will not be considered.

Send your covering letter and abstract to [email protected].

The competition is open to all UK residents who are not representatives or staff members of BMA or BMJ.


Topic ideas

Topics could be on one of the following themes, or another topic of your choice that’s related to justice and fairness in medical practice and policy:

  • the concept of fairness and justice in relation to the General Medical Council’s instruction to doctors to 'Make the care of your patient your first concern'
  • fairness and justice as it relates to conflicts between medical ethics and medical laws
  • fairness and justice, and its potential impact on public health and health policies
  • procedural justice and its use in helping to resolve practical problems in UK medical practice
  • health economics as it applies to concepts of fairness and justice in the context of UK medical practice.