The Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize Competition 2020


Published: Friday, 14 August 2020

24 September 2020

Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone between 18-35 years old. 

The Financial Times and The Bodley Head have launched their annual essay prize for young writers.

Every year, the Financial Times and The Bodley Head, one of Britain's leading publishers of non-fiction, team up to find the best young essay-writing talent from around the world. 

The judges are looking for a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay of no more than 3,500 words in English, on any subject. ⌋

Essays must not have been previously published. 

Entry fees
The competition is free to enter.

The winner will receive: £1,000 cash and an e-publication with The Bodley Head, publication in the FT of their winning essay and a mentoring session with The Bodley Head.

Two runners-up will win £300 cash each and an e-publication with The Bodley Head. 

Competition website
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