The aim of the Fraser Prize is to affirm constructive, creative, theological thinking within the wider church in Scotland. The prize was named in honour of Rev Dr Ian Fraser, who had always had in mind the priesthood of all believers and their ability to think theologically.

The prize is jointly offered by the Editorial Board of Theology in Scotland and the Scottish Church Theology Society.

The essay topic, in keeping with the theme of the Scottish Church Theology Society conference in January 2020, is

                                                                      The Borderlands of Philosophy

The Fraser Prize title this year is very broad in scope and entries could include the following topics: the relation of God to the world; theological or philosophical reflections on the meaning of life; poetry and the poet’s world; belief/atheism and Creation; philosophy/theology and the concept of God.

Entries may be in the following form: a study or studies of a project or projects associated with the topic; biblical and/or theological studies of the topic, and contemporary social and cultural studies in relation to the topic.


The Fraser Prize is open to all, but there is a desire to encourage those who may not hitherto have had their work published. Contributions should not have been published elsewhere, since the intention is to publish the prizewinning entry in Theology in Scotland. Entries should be around 4,000 words in length. The final date for submissions is 30th November 2019 and the Fraser Prize winner will be announced in due course. Entries will be assessed by a Reading Panel drawn from the journal Theology in Scotland and the Scottish Church Theology Society.

General enquiries and submissions should be sent by e-mail to the Editor of Theology in Scotland, Rev Dr Ian Maxwell i.d.maxwell@altrieve.com