Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize 2016

Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize 2016
09 Dec 2016

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 competition is open to anyone between 18-35 years old who would like their work to be read 
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.

  • 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


Complete the application form and upload your essay 


Deadline for submissions is January 29 2017 (midnight GMT)

Please enter using the online form, but should you have any urgent queries email [email protected] 
You can visit the contest web page here 


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