About the competition
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’.
How to enter
Complete our application form and upload your essay (Find this in the "Further official information link" below this announcement). Deadline for submissions is January 29 2017 (midnight GMT)
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
Please enter using the online form, but should you have any urgent queries email firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions received, we are unable to respond immediately.
For more information click "Further official information" below.