Competition: Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize
Competition deadline: 1st March 2019
The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, an annual competition for unpublished writers, opens to submissions on 1 January 2019. Initially made possible by an Arts Council grant in 2015, the prize awards £3,000 to the best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words) by a writer resident in the UK and Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal.
Submissions are open from 1 January to 1 March 2019 and will be judged by an editorial committee composed of Joanna Biggs, Brian Dillon, Joanna Kavenna, Paul Keegan and Jacques Testard. The judges will be looking for proposals for essays that explore and expand the possibilities of the essay form, with no restrictions on theme or subject matter. In addition to the £3,000 prize, which will be in the form of an advance against publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions, the winner will have the opportunity to spend up to three months in residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, during the summer of 2019, to work on their book. The book will then be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.
The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize aims to find the best emerging essay writers and to give them a chance to develop and showcase their talent. It will also provide future winners with their first experiences of publishing a book, from the planning, research and writing of it through to the editing, production and publicity stages.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before submitting. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules. For any queries not covered below, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) The competition is open to unpublished writers residing in Great Britain and Ireland only.
2) Entrants should submit a proposal for a book-length essay (over 25,000 words) to email@example.com. The proposal itself should be no longer than 5,000 words. Entrants may also submit a separate writing sample of up to 5,000 words. Proposals and samples should be double-spaced, 12pt.
3) Each proposal should outline the subject matter, scope, style and structure of the proposed essay, and include a word count, delivery date and biographical note.
4) The proposals must be original, not previously submitted to a publisher. The writing sample may be previously published work.
5) Entries can also be sent by post to Fitzcarraldo Editions, A104, 8-12 Creekside, London SE8 3DX.
6) Only submissions received by email or by post by midnight on 1 March 2019 (GMT) will be considered.
7) Entries that are incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
8) The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.
9) Co-authored entries will not be accepted.
10) Writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for books of fiction or non-fiction are not eligible to enter.
11) Writers who have published writing (fiction or non-fiction) in magazines and journals are eligible to enter.
12) Writers who have published books of poetry are eligible to enter.
13) Writers may submit only one proposal per iteration of the prize.
14) The proposed essay must be written in English (no translations).
15) Submissions must be made by the author of the proposal.
16) There are no age restrictions.
17) When submitting, please include a short covering letter including your contact details, your name and the title of your proposed essay. The covering letter should be in the same document as your submission. Entrants should also submit a separate one-page cover letter on how they propose to use the residency at the Mahler-LeWitt Studios.
18) Submissions from writers residing outside of Great Britain and Ireland will not be considered.
19) All submissions should include page numbers.
20) The essay must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or in part. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.
21) A meeting will be organised with all shortlisted writers to discuss their book proposal before the award of the prize.
22) Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
23) No editorial feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entrants.
24) The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.
25) Fitzcarraldo Editions will have the exclusive right to publish the winning essay once it has been written, but reserves the right not to publish.
26) Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.
26) By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
Full details available here.