Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize



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The Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize aims to discover young talent from around the world in long-form essay writing, and has led to many new and exciting opportunities for winners and runners-up.


The judges are looking for a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay of no more than 3,500 words. It can be journalistic, a case study, wide-ranging or minutely focused. In keeping with the ethos of both sponsors, it can address any topic – from finance and current affairs to history and scientific discovery.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

The competition is open to anyone between 18-35 years old who would like their work to be read and judged by author Simon Schama, Stuart Williams (publishing director, The Bodley Head), Rachel Cugnoni (publisher, Vintage), Alec Russell, (editor, FT Weekend), Rebecca Rose (deputy books editor, FT) and literary agent Georgina Capel of Georgina Capel Associates.


Deadline: January 29, 2017

Cost/funding for participants:

The winner will receive:

  • £1,000 and an e-publication with The Bodley Head.
  • A mentoring session with The Bodley Head and Financial Times.
  • A subscription to, and a selection of books from The Bodley Head.

Two runners up will win:

  • £500 each and an e-publication with The Bodley Head.
  • A digital subscription to FT Weekend, and a selection of books from The Bodley Head.
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