Non-fiction contest: The 2020 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize


23 January 2020
The £3,000 prize is an advance against publication by Fitzcarraldo Editions

The annual competition awards £3,000 for the best proposal for a book-length essay by an author from the UK and Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal.

 The winner is also offered the opportunity to spend a three-month residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, to work on their book.

Judges are looking for essays that expand and explore the possibilities of the form. There are no restrictions on subject matter.

To enter, send a proposal no longer than 5,000 words for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words). Entrants may also submit a writing sample up to 5,000 words, which may have been previously published.

Writers may submit one proposal.

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Entry is free.

The closing date is 13 March.

For full details see the website.


Are you interested in exploring creative non-fiction in your writing? Read this and get to know the genre.

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