Fitzcarraldo Editions has launched The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, a new annual essay award for unpublished writers.
The prize aims to find "the best emerging essay writers" and to "give them a chance to develop and showcase their talent." The prize 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.
Made possible by an Arts Council grant in 2015, the prize will award £3,000 to the best proposal for a book-length essay by an unpublished writer living in the UK or Ireland.
In addition to the £3,000 prize money, which will act as an advance towards the publication of the essay with Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2017, the winner will also be awarded a three month Writer’s Residency at the Mahler and Le Witt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, to work on their book over the summer.
Submissions open on 1st January 2016 with a deadline of 15th March 2016. Submissions will be judged by an editorial committee made up of authors Ali Smith, Joanna Biggs, Brian Dillon, Paul Keegan and Fitzcarraldo Editions publisher, Jacques Testard.
The winner will be announced in May 2016.