The question: Is there still no place like home?
Submissions have opened today for the next cycle of the Nine Dots Prize, which this year is asking entrants to answer the following question in 3,000 words: 'Is there still no place like home?' The winner will receive US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press, for a book which will expand on the ideas in their response to the Prize question.
It does not matter whether you’re a known author or undiscovered voice, the aim of the Prize is to reward an individual with an original perspective on contemporary societal issues who demonstrates the potential to be able to develop this into a short book.
Everything you need to know about entering the Prize can be found on the submissions page of the Nine Dots Prize website, and they regularly update the FAQs so please check there if you have any questions. The deadline for entering is 12:00 GMT on Monday, 21 January 2019.
Meet the new board members
This year we welcome three new members of the Nine Dots Prize Board: Professor Anne Applebaum, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Professor Steve Connor.
Professor Anne Applebaum is a Washington Post columnist, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Professor of Practice, Institute of Global Affairs, LSE. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is the co-founder and publishing director of one of Africa’s leading publishing houses, Cassava Republic Press, and the co-founder of Tapestry Consulting, a boutique research and training company focused on gender, sexuality and transformational issues in Nigeria. Professor Steve Connor is the Grace 2 Professor of English at the University of Cambridge and Director of CRASSH.
For more about the Board, their backgrounds and areas of expertise, click here.
Support available to the winner
To help with any questions you might have about the Nine Dots Prize and the support the winner will receive in writing their book, we have created a series of short videos containing useful information and inspiration from the Nine Dots Prize team.
The videos cover: the editing process and support available from Cambridge University Press, feedback from the Board including what made your entry stand out, what happens during the term you can spend at CRASSH, the publicity that will surround the announcement of the winner and publication of their book, how the Prize team will help you identify the support you need during the writing and how they will facilitate that support.
These videos can be found on the Nine Dots Prize Youtube channel.
21 January 2019 at 12:00 GMT – deadline for submissions
29 May 2019 – winner to be announced
May 2020 – winner’s book to be published