Call for Application: Bodley Head – Financial Times Essay Prize 2016 for Long-form Essay Writing [£1,500 Prize plus Subscription to Financial Times], Deadline: 29th January, 2017

folio-babodleyThe 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. Hedley Twidle, winner of the very first prize, is now a regular contributor to the FT and other outlets including the New Statesman. Adnan Sarwar, 2013’s winner, has written widely for the press in the UK. Edward Posnett won in 2014 for his essay ‘Eiderdown’ and has his first book, Harvest, due for publication with The Bodley Head in 2017. Last year’s winner, Laurence Blair, has also recently been signed up by The Bodley Head to write his first book, which expands on his 2015 prize-winning essay ‘Dreams of the sea’.

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.londretan-banner1

Benefits: –

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


Deadline: 29th January, 2017 

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Inclusive Business: An Innovative Policy Choice for Stimulating Job Creation

Olusoji APAMPA

Policy making in Nigeria is typically dominated by the political imperatives of “palliatives” and “quick fixes”. Without palliatives the people rapidly lose interest, lose hope and turn against their political heroes. Without quick fixes, the opposition finds it easy to attack the performance of a new government and shake the faith of the electorate leading to the same result – the people turning against their heroes. So what should governments do when interested in stimulating job creation to pull masses of their citizens out of poverty? On March 28, 2015, the people of Nigeria chose “change” and one of the key gains they now have is the right to demand fulfillment of the APC campaign promise to create 5 million new jobs by 2019. According to the APC, “as at 1999, Nigeria’s rate of unemployment stood at about 8%, today it is estimated from official statistics to be close to…

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