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

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.

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Financial Times Bodley Head and Random House Competition

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Please email bodleyhead@ft.com directly if you would like an acknowledgement of receipt of your entry.


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