The Fern Academy Prize 2024 | Magazine | Writing Competitions
Fern Academy Prize


Extended competition deadline 30th April 2024

Fern Press and How To Academy are delighted to be partnering to launch the Fern Academy Prize, in association with Tortoise Media, a new annual non-fiction essay prize for those working at the frontier of creativity and thought. The prize is designed to find and nurture emerging non-fiction talent and will be awarded to an essay of literary merit with an international and multicultural interest. The prize encourages essays that shine a light on the universal human experience – on a micro or macro scale – and which speak clearly to the times we live in. The prize is open to unagented and unpublished writers from around the world, writing in the English language.

The winning writer will receive a cash prize of £3,000; publication with Tortoise Media; literary representation by RCW literary agent Laurence Laluyaux; a five-night writing course run by How To Academy’s sister company, Unmissable Courses; an appearance on How To Academy’s biweekly podcast; and mentorship from a Penguin Random House UK editor.

The essay should be 3,000–6,000 words. The prize is open to all writers who have not been published by a trade book publisher, including those who have to date only published academic papers and in other media such as magazines, newspapers and online.

The judges for the prize are writer and publisher Margaret Busby (Chair), RCW literary agent Laurence Laluyaux, writer Mark O’Connell and Tortoise Media Managing Editor Keith Blackmore, and the Fern Press editorial team.

The prize will accept submissions between 2–23 April 2024. A shortlist will be announced in June 2024, with the winner announced at an event later that month.

For more information, please visit the prize website:

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