2014 Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize for Long-Form Essay Writing ( £1,000 Prize)

Submission Deadline: Midnight GMT on November 30 2014.

The third annual Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize aims to discover the world’s best young talent in long-form essay writing. We are looking for a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay of no more than 3,500 words on a non-fiction topic of your choice. It can be journalistic, it can be a case study; it can be wide-ranging or minutely focused. In keeping with the ethos of both sponsors, it can address any topic – from finance to history, from current affairs to a scientific discovery.



  • The prize for the winner will be £1,000, an e-publication with Bodley Head, and a mentoring session with the FT/Bodley Head.
  • Two runners-up will each receive £500 and e-publication.


  • If you are 35 years old or under and would like your work to be read by
  • Simon Schama (historian and FT contributing editor),
  • Tom Weldon (CEO Penguin Random House UK),
  • Stuart Williams (publisher at the Bodley Head),
  • Dan Franklin (digital publisher at Random House),
  • Lucy Tuck (editor, FT Life & Arts) and Caroline Daniel (FT Weekend editor)

Then please send us your entry by midnight GMT on November 30 2014.

Submit your essay for the Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize 



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