Win £1,000 – and have your work published

The Financial Times and The Bodley Head, an imprint of Random House UK, are running their first annual essay prize for the 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 topic of your choice. It can be journalistic, it can be a case study; it can be wide-ranging or minutely focused. It can address any topic – from finance to history, from current affairs to a scientific discovery. We aren’t looking for a particular subject – we are simply looking for quality.

The prize for the winner will be £1,000, an e-publication with Bodley Head and a mentoring session with the Financial Times/Bodley Head.

If you are aged between 18 and 35 and would like your work to be read by a Bodley Head/FT judging panel including FT contributing editor Simon Schama, submit your entry by midnight of November 18 2012.

Entry forms are online at HeadFTcompetition, along with full terms and conditions.

All eligible entries will be read and considered for the prize. The winning essay will be the one that, in the opinion of the panel, displays the most potential in terms of writing and subject matter.

Employees and family of employees of Random House and the Financial Times may not enter. The FT has the right to edit and publish submissions in any media. Winners and runners-up agree to the use of their name/photo in connection with competition publicity. Promoter: The Bodley Head, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA.

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