Georgina Capel on judging panel for Bodley Head / FT essay prize
We’re very pleased to reveal that Georgina Capel is one of the judges for this year’s Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize.
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. Last year’s winner, Laurence Blair, is now a client of Georgina Capel Associates and has recently been signed up by The Bodley Head to write his first book, which expands on his 2015 prize-winning essay ‘Dreams of the sea’.
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 competition is open to anyone between 18-35 years old who would like their work to be read and judged by author Simon Schama, Stuart Williams (publishing director, The Bodley Head), Rachel Cugnoni (publisher, Vintage), Alec Russell, (editor, FT Weekend), Rebecca Rose (deputy books editor, FT) and our very own literary agent and director, Georgina Capel of Georgina Capel Associates.
Hedley Twidle, winner of the very first prize, is now a regular contributor to the FT and other outlets including the New Statesman. Adnan Sarwar, 2013’s winner, has written widely for the press in the UK. Edward Posnett won in 2014 for his essay ‘Eiderdown’ and has his first book, Harvest, due for publication with The Bodley Head in 2017.
To enter, please visit the FT website. The deadline for submissions is January 29 2017 (midnight GMT).
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 FT.com, 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
Good luck, everybody!