David Bradley has won the £20,000 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize 2015.
Bradley won the prize for his essay “A Eulogy for Nigger”. The essay was written in response to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People burial of the word in 2007. Bradley’s essay is described as an impassioned defence of the term "as a history and as a concept”. Chair of the judges Adam Mars-Jones described the essay as “a thoroughly disconcerting reading experience, richly mischievous, subtle in its anger”.
The essay will be published in an anthology alongside the five finalists (Notting Hill Editions, £14.99). The finalists, who each received £1,000, are Garry Cooper, Johanna Mohring, Kate McLoughlin, Josh Cohen and Jennifer Kabat. The winner was announced at a ceremony at Kings Place on Saturday evening (3rd October) as part of the London Lit Weekend.
The prize was created in 2013 and is open to writers of any nationality writing in English for essays between 2,000 and 8,000 words on any subject. The other judges for this year’s prize were American essayist Phillip Lopate, journalist Eileen Battersby and the winner of the 2013 prize Michael Ignatieff.