The Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & LeWitt Studios Essay Prize

Deadline: 14 Mar 2022

The Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & LeWitt Studios Essay Prize – an annual competition for unpublished writers – is now open to submissions until 14 March 2022. 

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 & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. In addition to the £3,000 prize the winner has the opportunity to spend up to three months in residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, to work on their book. The book will then be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.  

The judges are Joanna Biggs, Brian Dillon, Joanna Kavenna, Max Porter and Jacques Testard. The judges are looking for essays that explore and expand the possibilities of the essay form, with no restrictions on theme or subject matter. 

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