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Spirituality and Psychiatry Prize: Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group

Spirituality and Psychiatry prize

The Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SPSIG)  has established a prize to be awarded to the best entry, or shared between joint best entries, for submissions comprising an original study, research report, review, or essay, on spirituality and psychiatry by a single author.


The prize has been established to harness and promote interest in spirituality and psychiatry, and to motivate psychiatrists to build up evidence in this area as it relates to patients and practice.


Prize: £300

Frequency: Annually

Eligible: All Members and Affiliates of the College and all medical students




I. Entries will be evaluated according to the following criteria:


  • The extent to which the essay furthers an understanding of spirituality in relation to psychiatry
  • Awareness of the literature on spirituality and psychiatry
  • Relevance to psychiatric practice and patient care
  • Originality
  • Critical reflective quality

Submissions that focus particularly on one area should nevertheless have at least some merit under all headings.

II.     Entries will be no longer than 5000 words and should be submitted electronically where possible, in Word (double spaced).

III.     Short listing will be the responsibility of the Executive Committee or a panel appointed by them from within the Executive, which will include a senior academic. The Executive Committee reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year if the quality or relevance of the entries is deemed not to be of sufficient merit.

IV.    The winning entry/entries, and all authors of shortlisted submissions, will be notified by 31 March following. Shortlisted papers will be eligible for publication on the Spirituality Special Interest Group website.

Closing date:  31 December each year

Submissions to: Honorary Secretary of the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group c/o Philippa Barton-Hanson 0207 235 2351 x 2582 or email


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