The fourth annual Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize aims to discover the world’s best young talent in long-form essay writing. We are looking for a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay of no more than 3,500 words on a non-fiction topic of your choice. It can be journalistic, it can be a case study; it can be wide-ranging or minutely focused. In keeping with the ethos of both sponsors, it can address any topic – from finance to history, from current affairs to a scientific discovery. We are not looking for a particular subject; we are simply looking for quality writing.
If you are 35 years old or under and would like your work to be read by Simon Schama (historian and FT contributing editor), Will Hammond (editorial director at Bodley Head), Dan Franklin (digital publisher at Random House), Stuart Williams (publisher at Bodley Head), Caroline Daniel (FT Weekend editor) and Lucy Tuck (editor, FT Life & Arts) then please send us your entry by midnight GMT on November 29 2015.
Any non-fiction topic of your choice
The Financial Times and the Bodley head
The prize for the winner will be £1,000, an e-publication with Bodley Head, and a mentoring session with the FT/Bodley Head.
Two runners-up will each receive £500 and e-publication.
November 29, 2015
This Competition is open to anyone aged between 18 and 35 years as at midnight GMT on Friday 2nd October 2015
Essay entries will be accepted until midnight (GMT) November 29th 2015 (closing date).
The winning entrant and runners-up will be notified by the Promoter by telephone in the week beginning 15th December 2015
Each entry must be: (a) in English; (b) an original work of which the entrant is the author which has not been previously professionally or commercially published in any language and is not in breach of any third party right; (c) complete in itself; (i.e. not a fragment of a larger work)
Accepted file formats are word doc, docx, pdf or txt.
Maximum size 2mb
Click here to submit your entry here.
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