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. 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.
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 FT.com, 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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Deadline: 29th January, 2017
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