2015 Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize for Long-Form Essay Writing ( £2,000 Prize)

Submission Deadline: November 29th 2015

The fourth annual Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize aims to discover the world’s best young talent in long-form essay writing. Bodley Head/FT is 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. We are not looking for a particular subject; we are simply looking for quality writing.


  • 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)


  • 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize for Long-Form Essay Writing 



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